At a critical tasting a fortnight ago, we directly compared the Bunnahabhain 12yo against the Bruichladdich 15yo (46%).
I scored the Bunnahabhain 7.3, and the Bruichladdich 7.0.
Reading back over my notes and comments now, my notes for the 'Laddie weren't too disparaging:
Malt. A hint of acetone. Grassy paddock smells.
Syruppy, malty, oily & coating. A tiny hint of peat. Dry toast.
Good length, and a consistent continuation of everything the palate offered.
Flattens & dies with water. Palate becomes thin.
All in all, the 'Laddie 15yo is a pleasant enough dram, but what ruins it for me is the outrageous price tag. Lagavulin 16yo costs AUS$80 over here, but the 'Laddie 15yo costs $130. Even the 'Laddie 10yo is $100.
$100 for a ten year old????
(10yo Talisker is $69, 10yo Ardbeg is $69, 10yo Glenmorangie is $65)
Any malt of this nature with a disproportionate price tag that high is definitely