The Classic Laddie - Scottish Barley
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley is the un-peated single malt from the famous Islay distillery of the same name. Interestingly enough the whisky does not offer uniformity and instead, year by year – the variety and provenance the barley will shape the spirit, and an ever-increasing range of casks are sourced to evolve the suite of flavours in the distillery warehouses. Each batch of the Classic Laddie will be unique and subtly different, but it is ultimately Bruichladdich's Head Distiller who curates this assemblage of their finest spirits, to showcase the classic, floral and elegant Bruichladdich house style. This whisky was made with 100% Scottish barley and was aged in American Oak casks.
This distillery was built in 1881 by the owners of grain whisky distilleries in Glasgow. This distillery (and the two grain distilleries) were used to supply the market with blended whisky. When the distillery was built, it differentiated itself from other Islay distilleries for its modern design and tall stills which produced a lighter spirit.
The distillery was badly affected by a fire in 1934 and, after it refurbished, it went through many changes of ownership. In 2001 a group of investors acquired it and promptly appointed legendary distiller Jim McEwan as head of distillation.
Under that ownership, the distillery was revitalised and acquired cult status among whisky enthusiasts. Remy Cointreau, the current owners, took over it in 2012.
The spirit produced at the distillery has a distinctive freshness and acidity. This characteristic shines even the most heavily peated expression from the distillery: Octomore.