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The official Dram Association review of

Bruichladdich - The Laddie Eight

"Lemon Sorbet On An Oaken Spoon"

The official Dram Association review of

Bruichladdich - The Laddie Eight

"Lemon Sorbet On An Oaken Spoon"

Dram Code: E64
Producer: Bruichladdich
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Islay

Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Unknown
Age: 8
ABV: 50%

Release: Duty-Free Exclusive
Price: $86.87 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E64
Producer: Bruichladdich
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Islay
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Unknown
Age: 8
ABV: 50%
Release: Duty-Free Exclusive
Price: $86.87 (at time of review)

88.05/100

Flavour Profile:
Fruity & Spicy

Visual: 4.25 /5
Aroma: 21.95 /25

Taste: 35.15 /40
Finish: 26.70 /30

88.05/100

Flavour Profile: Fruity & Spicy

Visual: 4.25 /5 Aroma: 21.95 /25
Taste: 35.15 /40 Finish: 26.70 /30

About This Dram

That helipad we painted on the roof is still paying dividends! Another “Airport Exclusive” has landed on our shelves – and this time it’s yet another special edition from Bruichladdich!

When the Laddie Ten was discontinued due to lack of stock, it was replaced by the somewhat divisive Classic Laddie which is a non-age-statement whisky. Now, as stocks are being replenished there is a new kid on the block – the Laddie Eight. Unfortunately (for those not in Victoria) this is a limited quantity release only available in airports – which is normally a weird wonderland of non-age-statement special editions. Refreshing then to see a whisky proudly proclaiming to be eight years old.

The malt in this edition is entirely distilled after the distillery re-opened in 2000, meaning that it’s a slightly different style and approach to the whiskies from before they closed in 1995. These malts are now mostly reserved for special editions such as the “Black Arts”. The new style is not too dissimilar to the old, the distillery was after all refurbished – not rebuilt. All of the records were assumedly intact, and the recipe probably didn’t change much. What has changed however is a much more carefully managed cask selection and storage. This edition uses American and European Oak to achieve a complex tapestry of flavours. Even at 8 years, you can tell that whisky was lovingly raised. Being presented at a solid 50% abv only helps.

 

Tasting Notes

There were aromas of sweet honey and citrus, then tropical fruits with a dry malt note coming along after.

On the palate, there was something spicy, zesty and punchy. Like a salad dressing made with lemon juice and Tobasco. It also held a lot of woody spice notes like cardamom, as well as a nice dose of coastal brine.

by | Nov 7, 2019

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members -

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

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Flavour Profile

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fresh & floral
eg - blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg - peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg - breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg - raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg - wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

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