The foundation for our Classic Laddie is not a recipe set in stone, but a distilling philosophy. Bruichladdich is a known disruptor in the stuffy world of whisky, they have no interest in consistency or uniformity, instead – year by year – the variety and provenance of their barley shapes the character of the spirit, and an ever-increasing range of casks are sourced to evolve the suite of flavors in their warehouse. Each batch of the Classic Laddie will, by nature, be unique and subtly different, but it is ultimately Head Distiller Adam Hannett who produces the assemblage of our finest spirits, to showcase the classic, floral and elegant Bruichladdich house style.
This edition of The Classic Laddie is a joyful, sprite dram with notes of sweet oak, vanilla, Sherry cask richness, floral overtones, and subtle notes of stone fruit. As easy drinking a bottle of whisky as we can find, this is the best value on Islay today.
For many, the word Islay is synonymous with peat smoke, however, such is not always the case. Bruichladdich's former master distiller Jim McEwan, an Islay native with over forty years of experience, started a revolution among the island whiskies by skillfully creating a core of bottlings in an array of styles and flavors that are contrary to the region's status quo. Though some are made from peated malt, a majority are not and are more focused on the delicate nuances that come with age and barrels selected from around the world. The true "spirit" of Bruichladdich (pronounced brew-ik-lad-e) starts with organic and heritage barleys grown on selected farms for ultimate individuality. Microchip-free distilling in tall narrow-necked stills, followed by island maturation and natural bottling, producing some of the purest single malts in all of Scotland. From there, Jim selects wine casks from around the globe and when the whisky is ready, he'll rest it in the right barrel for a few month just to add another level of flavor. Fast forward to 2015 and Jim is now retired and Adam Hannett has taken the reins. Adam worked with Jim for many years and is ready to show the world what he's learned. We're excited for what's to come.