AGE statements are important to Scotch whisky enthusiasts and the launch of The Laddie Ten in 2011 was a genuine landmark moment for us at Bruichladdich.
Very well-reviewed, it was the first ten year-old we released that had been created from spirit distilled after the distillery re-opened in 2001
This complex unpeated dram was to be followed by further ‘Tens’, a heavily peated Port Charlotte and an uber-experimental Octomore.
This last was another radical departure as what is recognised to be the world’s most-heavily peated series of single malts is usually presented at five years-old.
There was no doubting that, while we continued to explore barley variety, provenance and the quality of casks, these ten year-olds were a statement of aged intent.
Our head distiller, Adam Hannett, has now decided that the time is right for the release of second editions of these legendary drams.
Very aware of the responsibilities that lie behind the production of a collection like this, Adam describes his new troika as: “Very different – all three represent a snapshot in time. There is a respectful nod to those that have gone before, but I have learnt never to rest when making whisky. I am always asking myself if this is as good as it can be – and wondering how I can make it better.
“All three drams are a single vintage in that all the spirit used is ten years-old.
“I like to highlight the many factors in play when we are crafting single malts; the terroir and provenance of our raw materials, our distillation techniques and the quality of our oak. Here, although they are all fundamentally built on first-fill bourbon, I have used different suites of casks to construct each dram. There is Grenache Blanc in the Octomore, Tempranillo in the Port Charlotte and this new Laddie Ten vatting has some spirit matured in beautiful old sherry wood.
“They have all spent a decade maturing in our warehouses by the shores of Loch Indaal. We have bottled them here at the distillery with a splash of spring water from Octomore Farm giving 50% alc.vol. in the case of the Laddie and Port Charlotte, and close to cask strength for the Octomore.
“Although dramatically different from one another, the DNA of the House of Bruichladdich is apparent throughout – delicate, elegantly floral spirit and the characteristic marine influence, that salt-citrus tang that can only come from maturation by the sea.”
Everything we create is a celebration of the diversity available to us expressed through place and time.
The very nature of our whisky making process means that everything we make at our old Victorian distillery is limited.
Our refusal to homogenise or add artificial colourings means that individual expressions can never be repeated.
Our original Tens are now very hard to find.
These second editions, the new ‘Troika’, are also certain to disappear very quickly.
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