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Review: Bruichladdich 10 year old

October 26th, 2011

Bruichladdich 10 year old, 46%, $57

The first 10 year old distilled by the current owners back in 2001. Lovely marriage of both bourbon and sherry casks, and quite fresh, with a maturity resembling a 12 year old, rather than 10. Smooth on the palate, and very drinkable, with creamy vanilla, honeycomb, banana bread, bright lemon, melon (honeydew, cantaloupe), tangerine, candied ginger, and delicate brine. With all the Bruichladdich razzle-dazzle over the past decade, we can embrace this unpretentiously delicious Laddie with open arms.

Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 90

15 Responses to “Review: Bruichladdich 10 year old”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    I think I’ll be trying this at a Master Class on Friday and I’m really looking forward to it.

    Between this and Benromach’s recent ten year old release, were seeing some terrific entry level offerings from the non-mega-corporate scotch world.

    My only concern is the price. Bruichladdie has rolled along successfully with one overpriced limited offering after another– They should move away from that for this bottling. It’s not a limited release and the novelty/collectibility won’t be there. They should not put themselves in the position of a having a 10 yo flagship that costs more than all the 12 yo’s.

    • two-bit cowboy says:

      I don’t know about your neck of the woods, Red, but the price John quotes here isn’t so different from 10 yo whiskies from other independently owned distillers (Springbank, BenRiach, Arran, Edradour, and even Benromach), and not many of them earn 90s here. Just a thought.

      • Red_Arremer says:

        Springbank and Benromach are both cheaper in this area– don’t see the Arran 10 around and not much of the Edradour either.

    • theBitterFig says:

      The price does seem a little high to me, but more in the sense that I won’t grab a six of fancy beer at the same time, rather than I won’t buy a bottle. Almost surely not budget whisky.

      Mostly, it really seems like the price (for this and just about all Bruichladdich) is higher relative to the average here in the States than it is in England.

  2. John Hansell says:

    For anyone who remembers the original Bruchladdich 15 many moons ago (as part of the 10, 15, and 20 year old line-up), this new release reminds me of the flavor profile of that 15 year old.

    • Bob Siddoway says:

      And at only $57!

      Doesn’t sound like a bad offering to me at all. I’m hoping to see it on shelves here soon so I can give it a try…

    • Aaron says:

      I remember the previous 15 year old bottling, which was finished in Sauternes casks (if I remember correctly). Any idea if the sweetness of the 10 comes from a similar finish? Or is this bottling strictly bourbon/sherry influenced?

      • John Hansell says:

        This new one is strictly bourbon & a smaller percentage of sherry casks from what I know. I don’t recall what all the original 15 year was aged in or in what percentages. It might have just been a combo of bourbon/sherry casks too.

      • Red_Arremer says:

        Aaron, I *think* the 1st edition 15 yo was bourbon and the 2nd was finished in sauternes.

  3. Louis says:

    Definitely on my list for Whiskyfest.

  4. B.J. Reed says:

    Congrats to Mark, Jim, Duncan and all those at Bruichladdich for getting to this point – It has been a journey with some bumps and challenges but this really is a milestone for that leap of faith made in 2001!

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  6. Scribe says:

    The Bruichladdich 15 was one of the first I had the pleasure of enjoying as I began my journey with single malts…so it is a wonderful benchmark to hold up for this latest batch!

  7. Mr Claw says:

    I picked up a bottle of this.

    I have to say I found it a bit more salty than John’s description of “delicate brine”. That said, it’s no bad thing; it’s a fine malt – and good to see.

    Not the most ‘complex’/beard-stroking of malts – and anyone who’s tried the Port Charlotte An Turas Mor will detect many similarities (minus the peat of course) – but the balance is excellent. ‘Laddie are to be applauded: it’s of much better quality than most distilleries’ entry-level/standard bottlings.

  8. Malt Buzz says:

    I also thought it came off a lttle more like a 12year old rather than a 10 year old, I felt it showed a little youthfulness in the finish that I really enjoyed. As far as the comments about price it goes for about $55 in New Jersey, as some say this may be slightly high for a 10yo, but not for a scotch of this complexity.

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