Bruichladdich 2002

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Laddie Crew Valinch 27 - Jay Doherty
Stated Age
14 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.6 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
19 May 2017 8:19 pm by MacLeod66
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 134,83

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2002

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points

  1. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Who is Jay and why does he get a valinch in his honour?  The website states that:

    “I nearly did a somersault when I tasted it,” says Jay Doherty of the valinch cask that bears his name, an Oloroso butt, from which visitors to the Laddieshop can fill their bottles. 

    Jay grew up in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on the Racecourse Road. He worked as a slater, including on the London School of Economics building at Butlers Wharf beside Tower bridge, before following his fiancee, Mairi, to Islay. His first taste of Bruichladdich was a bottle of 12 year old that he won in a golf tournament; he is still a keen golfer and captains the island's golf club.

    Once on Islay, Jay worked with local hauliers, Mundells, who bring in all the glassware and bottling hall supplies and take our finished products off the island. In that role, his approach to deliveries was characteristically fun-loving and personable, for instance contriving to hide a pool table that was a surprise present. By the time he started in the warehouses at Bruichladdich in April 2011, “I’d supplied the distillery, this was my run, so I knew everybody, they accepted me as one of their own.”

    Of working in the warehouses, he says, “You need to be a wee bit tougher than most, I suppose. But it's good, we like to call it our gym. It gives you a good workout, and we don't have to pay for it.”

    Besides that, he says the volume and “iconic” class of casks that we work with here surprised him, particularly the stocks from very famous chateaux. “You learn what makes a good whisky, it's not just pouring a whisky into a vat, it's not like that; it's that whiskies are blended, crafted, you know. I like working with the casks, they all have different personalities and different flavours and different aromas. When you vat something, you`re not only seeing the colours coming out of the cask, you`re getting the aromas as well, it`s a beautiful thing!”

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In a way this has all it needs to be a nice sherry bottling, but also one thing that is certainly not needed. To my nose this is a stinker, meaning sulphur. With a lot of air and some good will it could be described as flinty, i.e. Fred Flintstones hot feet after hitting the breaks in his "car".
    With a lot of good will, it only loses 7 points with me because of that. If you like flinty, well, knock yourselves out, you'll love it.

    Beef stock on the nose, dark caramel, lots of matches, very flinty, yes, Fred's hot feet.

    Fred sticks his feet in my mouth, too, together with dirty sulfuric bandages. Some cinnamon and a slice of an orange thankfully ease Fred's feet.

    Water makes it less flinty and brings out more oranges and dark chocolate. Develops into a sweet sherry tango - sadly with Fred - to finish this nights dancecard.Repeatedly tasted at a whiskyclub.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sulfur bomb. If this barrel had been filled with Port Charlotte Spirit, that would have been a hype bottle. Without peat unfortunately only a "stinker".

  4. steinrich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Hammer Whisky :) Thanks to the donor for the sample :)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Laga93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Directly bottled at Bruichladdich. An excellent malt.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      red fruits, floral, pastry, rich deep sherry, aromatic wood, cinnamon, spices, minerals, coffee, roasted grains
    • Taste
      rich dark fruits, red wine, elegant oloroso sherry, marzipan, coarse grains, coffee grounds, hints of orange peel
    • Finish
      long, red fruits, spicy, dry, minerals, copper, salty red wine, woodsy bitterness, hints of grass and orange peel, dried red fruits at the back followed by salty red wine, orange peel and cinnamon

  9. Dominik scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This is a wonderful complex 14-year-old whisky. No water required at all. Give it a couple of minutes in the glass though as it becomes more creamy after a little while.
    • Nose
      Soft and round right from the beginning, no biting scents despite the Laddie's 60.6% alcohol content. Ripe dark fruits come out at first, but they're quickly accompanied by earthy, even mossy, notes that make for an interesting mix. The nose promises a lot of (dry) sherry. Finally, oranges and spices, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Dry sherry and the fruity sweetness of dark cherries and raisins. Still, there is that earthy taste, hazel nuts too. Creamy caramel tops the taste off.
    • Finish
      Quite sweet at first (toffee), drier and more earthy later. While the taste dissipates relatively quickly, a long-lasting dry feeling on the palate remains.

  10. Lorien scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Info from the Bruichladdich-Shop on Islay today : Type of sherry was Oloroso.

    Lovely dram!


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