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BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009


Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Holysinner » Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:51 am

I opened my only 'Laddie (3D3), even though I knew my tastebuds were in poor shape. I expect I'll write it up and post notes Sunday.
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Wave » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:31 pm

Oh sh....! I forgot all about this! I have a few Laddies to taste (10yo, 3D3, '89 Cask Strength and maybe a couple more) but it won't be until after I get off work tonight at 11pm. I'm also whipping up a batch of my pasta an garlic sausage spaghetti sauce tonight for the crew so hopefully I can tame my tastebuds before I come home.


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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:20 pm

Good Evening from the Toon !
See how many Laddies we can get through , let's start with.....
Expression - Bruichladdich 10yo First Edition
Age - 10yo
ABV - 46%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Quite Lemony at first , loads of green Fruits (apples , pears , grapes) , very fresh .
Palate - Again very fresh across the palate , lemon Drizzle cake , a bit fudgy .
Finish - Long , warm and Lemony .
Comments - 10yo First Edition , Vatted from 60% Bourbon / 40% Refill sherry Casks . A lovely laddie that was , deservedly so , one of the first releases .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:47 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich 12yo Second Edition
Age - 12yo
ABV - 46%
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Keiller's Butterscotch at first , then lemon , green fruits and vanilla .
Palate - A lot of sweetness , again a touch of Butterscotch , Apples and Pears . Quite oily across the palate and vanilla .
Finish - Long , Sweet (Butterscotch) and also a bit malty .
Comments - Laddie as it should be ! A lovely , pure , malt from 100% Ex-Bourbon Casks .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:07 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich Fifteen (1st Edition)
Age - 15yo
ABV - 46%
Colour - Polished Copper
Nose - The First one with a hint of sherry on the nose , in fact more than a hint , Freshly cut meadows as well , and again Keillers butterscotch .
Palate - a nice balance of sherry and the usual Laddie fudgy sweetness and green fruits .
Finish - An extremely satisfying mixture of Butterscotch sweetness and sherry dryness .
Comments - Vatted from 85% Bourbon / 15% 1st fill Oloroso Casks . A very balanced Laddie , the sherry has a nice but not overpowering effect on the bottling .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:21 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich Twenty (First Edition)
Age - 20yo
ABV - 46%
Colour - Barley Sugar
Nose - Freshly cut meadows , Honey , green fruits (Apples and pears ) , almost Lindisfarne mead-y
Palate - Dry maltiness , vanilla , lemon , a lovely thick mouthfeel .
Finish - a long , dry , smooth , fudgy finish .
Comments - 100% Ex-Bourbon Casks (aah remember the good ol' days.....) , talking of Lindisfarne , their 1972 Dingly Dell album is a good accompaniment to Laddie.....the old Hippy strikes again.....
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:39 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich Legacy Series One
Year - 1966 (an extremely good year for Whisky and Football....)
Age - 36yo
ABV - 40.6%
Cask / Bottle No. - American Oak / 64
Colour - Burnished Gold
Nose - Could be mistaken for a well aged bourbon , bags of vanilla , almost charred wood , slight honeyness , Digestive Biscuits .
Palate - Lovely luxurious mouthfeel , Vanilla , sweet , again could be mistaken for a well aged Bourbon .
Finish - Long and Bourbonesque , Vanilla and oak , very satisfying .
Comments - Bottled Sept 2002 , 100% Bourbon casks , a really nice laddie , nicely balanced and has survived well in the casks .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:56 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich Sinnsear "Forefathers"
Year - 1988
Age - 15yo
ABV - 50%
Cask / Bottle No. - Ex bourbon / 733 of 1000
Colour - Straw
Nose - Very Fresh , green fruits , almost Lowlanderish with it's fresh cut meadows and lemon .
Palate - Very smooth across the palate , again loads of lemon , green fruits and a touch of Vanilla and fudge .
Finish - very long and citricy .
Comments - Distilled 11/02/1988 , bottled 22/11/2003 , a very clean malt , almost the perfect Laddie !
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:11 am

Expression - Bruichladdich 2001 The Resurrection Dram
Year - 2001
Age - 7yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - /12252 of 24000
Colour - Light Gold
Nose - Soft but with a slight Prickle .Very (Keillers) Butterscotch with a lemon citric Backdrop . Eventually we get the familiar laddie notes of green fruits , fudge and a slight creaminess .
Palate - Still a bit young on the palate but full of potential , again lemon citric , green fruits but then a slight pepperiness (!) .
Finish - Long and Butterscotch , again with that twist of Lemon , still a bit young but there's also a slight peppery/peatiness to it (never noticed that before !) .
Comments - The Very first release from the post take over stock of ordinary Bruichladdich , This is going to be a killer malt in it's teens , good stuff .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:22 am

Expression - Bruichladdich 21
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Age - 21yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - Oloroso /
Colour - Deep Amber going on Mahogany
Nose - straight away you get the typical sherry notes...... a very relaxed Christmas Cake , dried fruits , spices , Dark Chocolate . When i first tried this it took a while to open up , now it's just full on straight away !
Palate - A perfect oloroso palate , no sherry nasties lurking just a dry , oloroso taste and the usual sherry "Christmas Cake" tastes , is that a slight hint of the laddie Green fruits ? .
Finish - Long , Dry , very warming , Apricot Marmalade and Marzipan . Also Orange .
Comments - Very oily in the glass , not a sign of anything sulphury , extremely well balanced . This one doesn't seem to have went down well with the general whisky buying public which is a shame as it's a very good sherried Laddie .
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:25 am

Thanks Sean , it was a hard job choosing which one's to taste tonight , Laddie have released some very good Malts , just a shame they've went overboard with the finishing in wine casks.......
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:53 am

Ok the last one of the night for me , Technically not a Laddie but it did come of their stills , a very special malt to me.......

Expression - Port Charlotte 4yo
Year - 2001
Age - 4yo
ABV - 61.4%
Cask / Bottle No. - Bloodtub R23 / 23 of 39
Colour - Topaz
Nose - The maltiness strikes you first , a strong dryness (the sherry) , a lingering peatiness almost earthy , there's also a slight dark fruitiness to it .
Palate - Again very dry , very malty , the peat eventually comes flooding in . A peaty smokiness covers the palate after a while......
Finish - Long , dry , peaty , bitter dark chocolate , goes on and on and on.......
Comments - Distilled 12th June 2001 , Bottled 25th November 2005 . Ok so this is my first Baby , but i still think it's the best PC i've tasted to date , Jim (Murray) gave it a 96 in his Whisky Bible , i think it deserved at least 97 LOL! It is an incredible Malt and i'm glad i bought the bloodtub back in 2001 !
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:38 am

Good evening! Starting with

Bruichladdich 10yo 46% ABV

Nose: Red fruit, vanilla and light smoke
Palate:Sweet malty and salty with light peat wafting in the background
Finish: Medium length salt and pepper, faint smoke.

A decent pre-dinner malt, it really gets the juices flowing!


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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:01 am

On to

Bruichladdich 3D3 Norrie Campbell Tribute 46% ABV

Nose:Heavy coal tar, campfire embers over faint fruit
Palate: Creamy and peaty, Mesquite smoked ribs w/ BBQ sauce
Finish: Medium length some salt and peaty coal tar

Kinda like Caol Ila 12 but without the old tires/ front porch sofa essence


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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:17 am

And one more for the (late) night

Bruichladdich 13yo 1989 Full Strength 57.1% ABV

Nose: Hard candy, gum drops, faint smoke
Palate: Salt some sweetness
Finish Heavy salt and pepper, drying

Wow, good nose but I don't remember this being quite so salty.
Not pleasant.
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:59 pm

When I get home from work tonight I have an Indie 'Laddie (14yo G&M sherry cask) that I've been dying to open, tonight it's time.


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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Holysinner » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:14 am

Bruichladdich 3D3

Bruichladdich
3D3 Norrie Campbell Tribute
Vanilla, smoke, pine logs, green apples
Tar, lime, soft sweetness, mildly salty
Medium length, ashy peat and green fruit
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Holysinner » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:16 am

Great notes everyone. I'm loving the 3D3, having tasted it and reading all your notes I'm far more interested in trying more Laddie expressions than I was before this weekend.
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:04 pm

Last night I enjoyed tasting 2 different Laddie's. I'll try and get to the other bottles I have open over the next day or so.

Bruichladdich 15yo 2nd Ed 46%

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Nice mix of light green fruits, mostly pears and apples.

Palate: Starts really sweet and fruity, then gives way to a bit of pepper.

Finish: Short and sweet on the finish, more fruits with hints of honey.

Comment: I really enjoy this dram, it's very crisp, sweet and fresh with a nice mix of fruits.
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:09 pm

Bruichladdich 14yo, Dewar Rattray, 1990/2004, 52.1%

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Light on the nose with some fruits and a bit of smoke from a campfire.

Palate: Starts really smooth & sweet, the it all becomes dirty (in a good way) with nicely balanced peat and sweetness.

Finish: Medium to long finish, overall good balance, the peat in the finish lingers.

Comment: Thanks to PLOWED Tom for this sample!
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:14 am

Bruichladdich 'Peat' 46%

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Light on the nose, some salts with a hint of smoke.

Palate: A bit thin overall with more iodine/salty notes.

Finish: Short to medium finish with some fruity notes lingering and a bit of smoke towards the very end.

Comment: Just an 'ok' dram for me, not what I had expected it to be. It's just an average dram IMO, nothing extraordinary that's for sure.
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:38 am

Bruichladdich 3D 2nd Ed 'Moine Mhor' 50%

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Nice and fruity with some hints of peat in the background.

Palate: A big blast of fruits, very nicely balanced with a bit of bbque smoke in the background.

Finish: Medium finish, very full and tasty overall, the sweetness of fruits goes along very nicely.

Comment: Very easy to drink, I very much enjoyed this one. Many thanks to UUNetBill for this sample! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: BRUICHLADDICH LIVE TASTING - November 20-22, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:56 am

Bruichladdich 6yo, SMWS 23.62, 2002, 63.5%

Glass:SMWS

Nose: Really sweet and fruity, reminds me of a cold apple pie!

Palate: Very powerful, a blast of light fruits , mostly apples, with sweet vanilla cream. I can't get over how smooth, sweet and fruity this is.

Finish: Long and really smooth on the finish, the sweetness lasts forever.

Comment: This is clearly a great example of an excellent bourbon cask. The overall sweetness is mesmerizing!
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