New shipment in stock at Lukas Liquor Superstore
Bruichladdich “The Laddie Ten”
Unpeated Islay SMSW
(46% ABV & NCF)
“This is without doubt the most important release in our history, and very much a landmark for the distillery and the Bruichladdich team. it was an intensely emotional day, in the spring of 2001, when we first broke the padlock on the Bruichladdich gates and took charge of this charismatic but much-neglected Victorian distillery on the far west Atlantic coast of Islay.
This whisky, this spirit, malted from only Scottish barley for authenticity, slow-fermented for purity, trickle-distilled for creamy texture and cask-filled at 70% for extra flavor, has been quietly slumbering in our loch-side warehouses for the last 10 years, and we are immensely proud to offer this landmark dram to you now. The true beginning of a new era.” – per the Bruichladdich Distillery
Bruichladdich Distillery Tasting Notes
Nose: Precursor to the flavors you will find on the palate: first, a combination of honey and a zing of fresh lemon. Then fresh, estery air bubbles of banana, apricot, peach and ripe cantaloupe melon. The backdrop is a hint of the warm, ocean breeze blowing over the sand dunes and shore meadows alive with the waft of wild flowers – Hebridean harmonization. Given time, and a splash of spring water, the sweet oak brings light vanilla with a hint of nutty chocolate, with the crispness of warm, crusty, freshly baked bread.
Taste: The mellow, oak sweetness is welcoming as are hints of bourbon and gingerbread, sherry and sultanas; and as they move on, there are the lighter, icing sugar-coated fruits. It’s fresh and frictionless, the texture of warm honey – then dry, crispy, malt barley; together with the oak they merge beautifully to cradle the lighter flavors, adding the strong pulse to our long awaited Laddie!
Finish: It’s exceptionally long for a 10 year old thanks to the natural oils from the malted barley still in the spirit. This is critical for the mouth feel and aftertaste; it begs the question – why do distillers remove the very essence of the spirit? *They are talking about the NCF or, non-chill-filtering of particular whisky’s*
Mood: Expansive. Generous. Sharing a sunset over Lossit beach. It’s a breath of Islay, a rare and precious union of nature and centuries old skills. It has the same passion as that of ‘the men who saw a shining light and thought that they could turn it into a dream’ 10 years ago.” – per Jim McEwan, Master Distiller of Bruichladdich
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2013
(94.5 Points, Superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live)
Nose: A stunning balance between sea spray, the most delicate liquorice and hickory imaginable and blemish-free barley.
Taste: No let down on delivery with the barley and delicate sugars hand in hand for the first three or four very big flavor waves; the middle has an oaky richness but not a single hint of weary dryness: gorgeously weighted and rich without over sweetening.
Finish: At last the salts form, as so the vanillin’s and slightly coarser oaky notes. Retains that distinctly coastal feel.
Balance: This I assume, is the 2012 full strength version of an Islay classic which was the preferred choice of the people of Islay throughout the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. And I have to say that this is already a classic in its own right. – per Jim Murray
Luckily this time we received a generous amount of this fantastic Islay SMSW and it has been moving fast like it did before. Hopefully you will get a chance to grab a bottle or two of this critically acclaimed whisky. There is currently no limit on how much a person can purchase and more cases are on the way.
-Adam M England
Lukas Spirits Manager
Lukas Liquor Superstore, St. Louis’ first REAL liquor store.