At Cinderella Whisky Fair 2017 I tasted a couple of new whiskies from Bruichladdich distillery: Bere Barley 2009 and The Laddie Eight. Both of them are eight years old. To me the Bere Barley 2009 seemed younger, though. I find the Bere Barley 2006 to be better than 2009.
Well, today I will focus on The Laddie Eight. This whisky was bottled in 2016 at 50 ABV after eight years of maturation in American and European oak casks. This is the very first eight year old from Bruichladdich. I like the distilleries who dare to put the age statement on the bottle even though it is a young whisky.
Typical bourbon notes on the nose, I think. I get vanilla, citrus and something nutty. It is quite fresh and at the same time oaky and dry, like peanut shells. Rich and warm on the palate. Vanilla, nuts and chili. Still it is fresh. I get the taste of lemon candy, like Fox. The finish is oily, warm and lingering. It becomes more spicy. I get salt, cardamom, white pepper and some more. It tingles on the tongue. I cannot detect the young age of this one neither on the nose or on the palate.
My score: nose 22 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 87