Given that the LaddieMP4s are single-cask spirits, I don't expect much complexity. Let's see what happens.
Color: Light yellow(ish).
Without water:Nose: Whoa, fresh and fruity! Reminds me of the (great) Black Art 04.1 which probably saw quite some ex-Bourbon wood too. Distant (typical) vanilla is mixed with some raspberries, pears and Advocaat. Here are some bananas again, sort of which I already found in the Sherry MP4 and the Black Art 04.1. Seems like Bruichladdich is Gaelic for "Bananas". And I (start to) like it, to be honest. A feeling of the alcohol strength comes last, a strong cloud of wood and pear brandy. I must admit that this is an outstanding nose.Taste: The pear brandy intensifies, this one would probably make a good cognac replacement in certain cocktails, but we wouldn't want that (for quality reasons). A blurred taste of nuts and raisins follows closely. Mouth-watering again, not as much as with the Sherry cask though. That said, my second sip was entirely produced by my body.Finish: Lasting quite long, the last moments of the pear brandy meet the first moments of a mixture of hazelnuts and raisins. Finally, sour plums and dark cherries. Not a single touch of dryness all the time.
Let's add some water, maybe we can find even more fruit?
With water:Nose: Making the somewhat more flat but still sharper, the water still helps to identify more fruit. I can find some pineapples and ripe grapefruit, also, there are once more (some) green apples. When I spend enough time with this nose, I also find some wet cleaning rags (similarly musty to the Sherry one). Well, there has to be a "but", right?Taste: Less brandy, less pears; stronger nuts and wood though. A touch of plums and Rum pot with some vanilla as the aftertaste.Finish: Ah, here come the fruits again, manifesting as a stronger Rum pot flavor with dominant plums and some pears, coming with some dark bitter chocolate down my throat, warming me from the inside and bringing some banana peel back to my tongue. The duration is notably shorter than the waterless approach, but it's still awesome. Becoming a bit dry though.Verdict: No regrets except the weird afternose when water is added. Before participating in the global rush for samples of the Micro Provenances, I considered leaving out the Bourbon cask. That would have been a bad decision. Seriously, Bruichladdich: Well done! Now give me this one with 14 or more years and I'm probably all yours.