Bruichladdich’s The Classic Laddie Single Malt Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – Blended

Location – Islay

Casks – American Oak

Price – £39.90

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 0/5

Fruitiness – 3.5/5

Oakiness – 3/5

Spiciness – 2/5

Boldness – 2.5/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 4/5

Nose – 3.5/5

Value – 4/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

Bruichladdich are good at standing out. Not only is their packaging and branding modern and bold compared to other whisky brands, they have a non-peated Islay scotch which breaks the mould. In addition, their recent campaign ‘No Hidden Measures’ (July 2020) demonstrates what a lot of companies are trying to take a stance on these days, transparency.

Before trying Bruichladdich’s The Classic Laddie, we recommend watching ‘Scotch: The Golden Dram’ which shows the journey the distillery recently went on with Jim McEwan. It’s an incredible story hearing about the emotions the distillery staff went through to revive the business, and we’re glad they succeeded.

Well that’s enough preamble, back to the scotch! When you think of Islay, you think of big smokey whiskies. This is not one of them which really goes against the grain. The Classic Laddie is a light single malt that you could happily sit back and enjoy all afternoon with some mates and could possibly tempt non-whisky enthusiasts.

At first, the nose is sweet with chocolate and summer berries coming through. There’s also an element that’s slightly floral, perhaps elderflower. The taste matches the aroma. You definitely that get the chocolate notes but slightly salted, which makes sense coming from the coast. What’s surprising is that with it being 50% volume, you’d expect some harshness without water, this is not the case. It’s a very smooth and malty scotch. The finish is mild and you get some of the American oak casks staying with you.

What we like about Bruichladdich’s The Classic Laddie is that there’s no bells and whistles, nothing is overdone. It is just a straight up easy to enjoy single malt scotch.

Should I add ice or water?

It’s well balanced and light as is. Even though it’s 50% volume we still wouldn’t recommend water or ice with this one.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Rock, Country, Pop, Soul, Accoustic

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

Foo Fighters have pretty much got songs for all occasions. They can get a party going or they can just keep a room full of mates entertained in the background. Bruichladdich’s revival has been impressive, you could argue that Dave Grohl has been on a similar journey having to reinvent his career following his Nirvana days. It’s hard to choose a Foo Fighters album but ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ is a no bells and whistles rock album, much like The Classic Laddie is a no messing about scotch. The album has great tracks from ‘Learn to Fly’ and ‘Breakout’. Overall, a great pairing!


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