Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Islay region of Scotland. It is a no-age-statement bottling, and unlike most Islay origin single malts, happens to be unpeated.
It is the only Islay distillery that produces unpeated single malts, and has been known to pride itself on employing a mash bill that contains 100% malted barley from the fields of Scotland.
The Bruichladdich Distillery was constructed in 1881 by the Harvey Brothers; William, John and Robert, who hailed from a family that had previously dabbled in the distillery business for close to a century.
When built, Bruichladdich was considered to be the most modern, state-of-the-art and expansive distillery on the Isle of Islay with 6-metre tall stills with narrow necks that helped produce its exceptional spirit.
Production at the distillery was mainly carried out by William Harvey alone, resulting from a falling out amongst the brothers before operations began. Upon William’s death in 1936, the distillery changed hands a number of times, briefly staring at the possibility of being shut down forever in 1994.
The Bruichladdich brand survived when it fortunately found a stable management under Mark Reynier of Murray McDavid who revived the brand with the help of newly hired Master Distiller, Jim McEwan.
Today, the Bruichladdich Distillery is the only distillery on Islay with much of their traditional, Victorian-era equipment as opposed to being the most modern distillery on the island when it was built. No modern machinery is used in the production of the Bruichladdich single malts, relying solely on the expertise and skills of their craftsmen, and workers.
A colossal 7-tonne open ‘Mashtun’, installed by the Harvey Brothers is among the traditional equipment still in use at the distillery including Douglas Fir wooden washbacks, the original 6-metre tall, narrow necked stills.
Ever since the Bruichladdich brand was revived in the early 2000s, it has become grounded in the values of Islay, and endeavours towards promoting some of the best practices in the industry. Bruichladdich single malts are produced solely with 100% malted Barley obtained from organic farms on the Isle of Islay itself.
The Classic Laddie, too, is distilled from a mash bill that is 100% malted barley, and no peat is used to dry the malted barley, resulting in a Islay whisky that is nothing like what Islay whiskies have been come to be known by.
Trickle distilled, and produced by using only the traditional methods of whisky making, The Classic Laddie undergoes maturation in carefully selected American barrels under the watchful eye of Head Distiller, Adam Hannett.
The Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich carries an alcohol strength of 50% ABV, quite higher than the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
The Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich has not won any major awards or medals at any whisky tasting competitions.
Sweet, rich floral aromas of daisies, myrtle, primrose and cherry blossom. Salty sea air, cereals and dried fruits follow.
Refreshing, fruity with some sweetness of brown sugar and malty goodness.
Warm, rich and with a luscious aftertaste of toffees, and honey.