Country: Scotland – Islay Distillery:Bruichladdich Type: Single Malt Age: NAS Cask: American Oak ABV: 50.0% Proof: 100 Price: $50
Nose: Citrus, vanilla, apple and pear.
Palate: Barley sweetness. Creamy and round. Tropical fruits and vanilla are strong. There are some grassy notes coming at the end.
Finish: Medium long with white spices and minerals drying the palate
It was an early Amsterdam morning as I got into a whisky store and started talking with the owner. We were talking about Islay whiskies and he brought out The Classic Laddie which he just received the day before.
Distilled by the Master Jim McEwan to show that Islay whiskies can be incredibly competitive without peat. McEwan showed his craziness level to attain a traditional margin this time as all the barley used for this whisky is from Scotland.
I also loved the 50% abv which doesn’t overpower also brings out a nice creamy texture.
If you specifically like peat, I would say give it the chance. Swirl it and drink it.