Bruichladdich 2004

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Laddie Crew Valinch 26 - Gabi Toma
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
64.1 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottled for
The Laddie Shop
Added on
02 May 2017 3:55 pm by avansele
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2004

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Who is Gabi and why does he get a Valinch named after him? Well, the Bruichladdich website has the following syoposis of him:

    "Gabi Toma is known at the distillery for being a hard worker. Bottling hall manager, Jonathan Carmichael, praises his work ethic, saying he is proud and competitive about running the gin line well on a daily basis. Says Gabi, in his distinctive deep voice, “You always want to do better for yourself, you know.”Compared to what he was doing before starting here in 2011, Gabi says he loves his job in the bottling hall. His introduction to Islay was to work in the clam factory, where income was dependent on the fishing and therefore the weather. He confesses that his first impressions of the island were mixed.“You get off the plane, it's really cold, I thought, “Oh no man, where am I?" I was expecting to see something else, you know, it's like fields and sheep and one house. “Christ man,” I thought, “this is the desert!” "Gabi is originally from Barlad, in Romania, a “big enough” town of 55,000 people. After college there, he worked in a bearings factory, which he says was a “pretty good job”. Ten years ago, when he left, youth unemployment was around 20%. He says of his peer group, “Only the people whose parents had loads of money or businesses stayed there to take over from their parents. The rest of my friends are all away, abroad. There’s no one in Romania, working; for such a nice a country, it's so bad you know.”
    In spite of his home country’s romantic reputation for natural beauty, he reckons, “Islay is maybe 100 times more unspoilt than Romania. There are bits where they’ve never been touched.” Another thing he likes about Islay is, “There’s not that difference between low class, middle class, and high class, I don't see it here. You get snobs everywhere, you know that way of feeling, but it doesn't matter if you've got more money than me, I've got less, I'll still talk to you, you know.”“I know everybody, everybody knows me. I wasn't really for it, for the first couple of months, I didn't really like it.  But 10 years on, I'm still here!” And having worked in the bottling hall for 6 years now, he is one of our most dependable and experienced operators."

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Classic Laddie Bourbon profile. Malty, yellow fruits (ripe apricots), quince jelly, hay, vanilla and the alcohol tickling my nose. All in all the nose is a bit refrained, which is eased by a few drops of water which also take the alc. prominence away.

    Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, same yellow fruits, malty sweetness, sligthly bitter at the end with some pears. But the finish is rather bland with alc. and sweetness and not much else.
    H2O brings out more sweetness and fruitiness and more peaches, apricots and honey in the finish.

    Water really helps here and takes up the score a bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86


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