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Islay Barley 2012

COULL, ROCKSIDE, SUNDERLAND, ISLAND, MULINDRY, STARCHMILL, CRUACH AND DUNLOSSIT FARMS

Our Islay barley series has always been a mission. For many years now we’ve sought to showcase the phenomenon of “terroir” in single malt whisky – the belief that soil, climate, micro-climate, geographic orientation, natural influences and local weather systems will influence the quality and flavour profile of the spirit, making it a unique expression of ‘place’.

The challenge of growing barley on Islay is no mean feat, it is a labour of love. Between wild Atlantic storms, torrential rain and the voracious geese, it is a battle of wills and the yield returns for our farmers are much lower than their mainland counterparts. However, the challenge has been accepted by local farmers who now raise barley year on year for Bruichladdich.

Bruichladdich Islay barley 2012 is distilled from barley grown on eight western and central Islay farms in 2011.

Bottle size: 750ml

This product is available in: AZ, CA, NM, NV, OR, WA.

"Our obsession with barley has taken us on a journey over almost two decades. At first, we brought the world of wine to whisky, exploring terroir and celebrating the nuances of flavours that came with it. Our warehouses are now full of a fascinating catalogue of controlled experiments, one of which is released here in our bruichladdich islay barley 2012."

- Adam Hannett, Head Distiller


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Islay Barley 2012

Tasting Notes


Nose

- Delicate, light, floral notes and a creamy vanilla with rich, floral honey rise from the glass. Kiwi, melon, coconut, and ripe pear freshness combine beautifully into a fruity citrus style to provide that zesty, sweet signature of the Islay grain and the slow trickle distillation. Breathe a little deeper and the hint of spice from the combination of French and American oak gives a little highlight to the fruit. Be lead into the wonderful depth and sweetness, by the toffee and chocolate notes from the oak. With time more dimensions of this whisky are revealed, a dry grass and crushed cereal note. Then that distinctive fresh sea salt tang.

Palate

- The texture and mouthfeel for a young whisky is a testament to the slow careful distillation and the quality of the Islay-grown barley. Refined and complex on the palate, the sleekness carries the fruit, cereal, and oak notes in succession as the flavours develop and deepen on the palate. The distillery character – the fruit and floral style are immediate and distinctive. The creaminess and the notes of porridge and rice pudding are malty and rich with brown sugar and dry straw. The fruit notes of pear, melon, and orange wrap around toffee and fudge sweetness, combining beautifully.

Finish

- The finish is a salty sea breeze with lingering hints of the charred oak, sweet salty caramel, and brown sugar. The melon and creamy texture settle on the palate and take you to another place.

Character

- The components at work in this dram come together to tell the story of where this whisky is from. It speaks of its place in the world with honesty and openness – Islay Barley, Islay distillation, and Islay maturation. Honesty and pride are at the heart of this dram.

Colour

- Pale Straw.


Product Specification


WHISKY TYPE:

UNPEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Phenol Level:

0 PARTS PER MILLION

Vintage/Age:

2012 VINTAGE, 8 AGED YEARS

Alcohol Strength:

50% ALC./VOL

Barley Provenance:

100% ISLAY GROWN BARLEY. CONCERTO, OXBRIDGE, PROPINO, AND PUBLICAN VARIETIES.

Maturation Profile:

  • 75% FIRST FILL AMERICAN WHISKEY CASKS
  • 25% SECOND FILL FRENCH WINE CASKS

Bottling:

BOTTLED UNCHILL-FILTERED AND COLOURING FREE, USING ISLAY SPRING WATER, AT BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY ON ISLAY

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