A guy walks into a bar, sits down, and asks, "bartender, got any specials today?"
Bruichladdich 10 was whisky of the year 2011, another independent for a while anyway, Just recently purchased by Remy Cointreau. A nice Islay distillery that was brought back to functionality and thrived to produce some fine spirit, especially this one. Off to the review.
Bruichladdich 10 - The Laddie 46%, $45, Daveco, 750ml
Color: Golden Dirty Blonde, Amber +1. Clings to the glass nicely, Slow tears wide legs.
Nose: Malty Cereal, Sea Water, Salty, Familiar Islay iodine and hint of Peat (even though it supposed to be un-peated), Fennel, Fresh Laundry, Caramel, Cut Grass.
Mouth Feel: Slightly Oily, Warm
Taste: Warmth on the tongue, Spices: Black Pepper, Ginger, Cardamon, Malt, Charcoal, Zest, Earthy, Syrup, Hint of Iodine.
Finish: Long, Oily, Oak hint of Sulphur, Pepper
With Water: N: Lighter Syrup, Fragrant and Floral T: Lightens the Burn, Sweeter, Soft Fruit
Score: Taste: 70, Value:11, Uniqueness: 4 Buy Again: 4 Total: 89
(re-reviewed second score of 92)
This is a good whisky, period. Recommended to most scotch fans, minus the Islay detractors perhaps. This dram has a lot to offer and plenty of complexity. Just a couple small items in the taste, I personally wasn’t a fan of, held me back from a slightly better score, but overall a solid scotch I hope to keep in my cabinet. We’ll see what the future with Remy Cointreau brings.