"The Laddie, the Beckhams are relegated."
Uh, speaking of The Laddie, let's return to the subject at hand:
Oliver wrote:--Largest amount of gimmicky "limited" editions: The Laddie.
What makes them gimmicky? Okay, there are some weird finishes, but most 'Laddie releases are pretty straightforward. Yes, there are lots of silly names, but that's all in fun, and besides, it helps you remember one from another. And why are they "limited" (in quotes)? Are you saying they really aren't
limited? Of course they are; each one is a single vatting, never to be reproduced. I think Bruichladdich have done an extraordinarily commendable job with the stock they inherited, the vast bulk of which would have gone to the blenders had the place not closed. I for one cannot understand why some people seem to resent so much what they have done. Of the bottlings I've had (and I feel no compunction to try to buy them all), only one or two have been misses, a pretty damn good average. The rest have ranged from good to marvelous, and it's hard to argue that the stocks would have been better used in attempting to produce a few ongoing bottlings. If the stuff is not to your taste, fine, but it gets a little tiresome to hear some people seeming to tell us that it's really not to ours, either--we're just dupes of the "gimmicky" marketing.
Nobody has to buy it. End of rant.