This is perfectly illustrated in the unpeated 'Laddie Eight', the latest exclusive for GTR released by head distiller Adam Hannett. Adam's aim with this mount is to preserve the elegant, floral notes of the vibrant young spirit while building up the signature salty, citrus tang so characteristic of Bruichladdich. Eight years maturing in our warehouses on the shores of Loch Indaal have perfected a graceful single malt That relates to a very modern craftsmanship.
An elegant expression of Bruichladdich style. Super fruity and full of Atlantic freshness.
The opening notes are of fresh fruit, typical apple and pear slightly under-ripe so characteristic of our spirit. Then pear drops apricot and pineapple fruit in syrup rise in the next wave. Vanilla oak is not far behind rolled in malted barley and sugar with a hint of straw. After a moment or warming the glass in your hand the floral tones of gorse and honeysuckle come through. The longer the whiskey Has to breathe the more you will find on the nose.
Spice gives way to sweetness as a pepperiness on the lips Becomes mango and peach. Layer upon layer of oak from the variation of casks used to create this dram gives vanilla, lemon, honey, toffee and a creamy buttery texture and mouthfeel. A second taste will bring hints of fruit, raspberry and strawberry for sure and a touch of citrus and orange marmalade. the complexity is a joy to taste as each style of toasting or charring of the barrels plays its part in bringing a depth of flavor you will be eager to explore. This dram HAS vitality, depth and mellow-ness all at once as the classic Bruichladdich DNA or soft fruit and floral elegance blend with exotic fruit from Such a variety of amazing oak. The quality of our Scottish malted barley is evident as the sweet malt sugar holds all the fruit and oak together in wondrous harmony.
Fresh sea breeze, sweet floral heather honey and citrus bring this dram to a close, but like a typical island good-bye it's not cheerio straightaway, there is still a word or two to be had as the finish line extends into the night with a long lasting vanilla note That does not Seem to end.