Friday, September 23, 2011

Raising from the ashes – Bruichladdich and The Laddie Ten

Lots of new whiskies are being released these days from special collectors editions, independent vatted malts, to new premium expressions and for a lot of us it all gets just a bit boring as they are more often than not out of reach due to locality or price. Not often though do we hear about a first release of a 10yo from a well know distillery. On September 11th 2011 Bruichladdich (the progressive hebridean distillers) released it's official 10yo aptly named The Laddie Ten. Already many reviews coming out of the UK are saying this is a great dram to try and very well priced.

I am actually looking forward to trying this. I do like most of the Bruichladdich's I have had and have posted some reviews on Bruichladdich Waves, Bruichladdich Rocks, Bruichladdich Octomore 01.1.

The official news release can be found on the Bruichladdich website here. Also take the opportunity to check out the New Bruichladdich Website which has been a long time coming considering the previous one was a bit of a mess.

If you would like to see some of the highlights of the Bruichladdich Laddie Ten release and hear an interview with Head Distiller Jim McEwan have a listen to Whisky Cast episode 333 or watch the WhiskyCast HD episode below.

Back in May 2009 myself and other club members had a master class tasting of Bruichladdich with Brand Ambassador Andrew Gray. A great event though it was quite clear even then that Bruichladdich was releasing almost anything to stay above water and I think out of that has come some fantastic unconventional results other distilleries would not dare go. The line "collectors edition" was mentioned many a time during our master class tasting and I think now these previous bottling will well and truly be heavily sort after in the next 20 or so years as Bruichladdich commits to some regular releases.

The Laddie Ten official photograph from the Bruichladdich website
Not to be a wet rag too early but as a designer I am a little let down by the labelling of the The Laddie Ten. From all the images I have seen the container is well an truly to the Bruichladdich expected standards, but to see the bottle label all I can do is let out a light sigh. I was really expecting something great by Bruichladdich considering just how fantastic most its other bottles labels have been. None the less it is what is in the bottle that counts but I do feel Bruichladdich has set a standard for forward thinking cutting edge design in the past so it is pity not to see it now on The Laddie Ten. Maybe this label will see improvement soon.

Cheers to exciting times for Bruichladdich and hopefully some bottles will be filtering here to Australia soon otherwise I might just have to make a few purchases online.

The Baron