Bruichladdich sent us a box of samples recently, to celebrate and enjoy the release of their Troika of Tens during a #tenstroika twitter tasting. Hosted by Bruichladdich’s communications team Christy “Her royal Maltness” McFarlane and Carl “Carlos” Reavey, we were introduced to their second editions of the Laddie Ten, the heavily peated Port Charlotte 10yo and the über-heavily peated Octomore 10yo. To keep everything in balance, we obviously started with the unpeated Laddie Ten.2, which has matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-French wine casks, married together and bottled into 18.000 bottles.
50% abv, €50
Nose: a sweet fruity nose with pears, red apples and raspberries followed by a quite prominent milk chocolate scent. Sweet canned peach juice with dry white wine, butterscotch and fudge and dried apricots.
Palate: Ginger cream spiced with the flavour (not the spice) of jalapeño peppers and hints of cinnamon, a bowl of red fruits with a lot of raspberries, touched with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Finish: seamlessly changing the palate into the finish over the fresh grapefruits, the finish elongates and slowly turns towards a slightly nutty sweet almond taste like marzipan with spicy hints of cloves, cinnamon and anise.
Conclusion: I may be biased, but I like this. A lot. I might try to leave a little in the generous 20cl bottle and have myself an evening comparing a set of different 10yo Bruichladdichs, which are hidden underneath a layer of dust somewhere. What better moment to open and compare them all..?