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New editions of Bruichladdich The Organic and Bere Barley released


The distillery on the Hebridean Island of Islay has released Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012 and Bruichladdich The Organic 2011. The single malt whiskies are 10 and 11 years old and available in limited quantities.

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012

The old, six-row barley variety Bere Barley has been brought to new life by Bruichladdich since 2005 in cooperation with the University of the Highlands and Islands. The resilient grain delivers a lower alcohol yield than modern barley varieties, but convinces by retaining a malty sweetness in the distillate and a creamy texture.

The grain was grown by the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College (UHI) in cooperation with Sydney Gauld (Quoyberstane) and is from the 2011 harvest. The previous cultivation of the Bere Barley at Dunlossit Farm on Islay was abandoned as it proved to be extremely uneconomical there turned out.

In 2012, the distillation and filling of the first-fill American Oak Ex-Bourbon casks (a mix of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Buffalo Trace and Clermont Springs) took place. The 10 year old Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012 was bottled without chill filtration in natural colour with an alcohol content of 50% ABV.

Producer’s tasting notes Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012

Nose: Complex and alluring, there is a wonderful combination of fruity and floral notes on the nose. Oak comes through with zesty lime and green apple, followed by fragrant honeysuckle and creamy vanilla. The Bere barley provides a tart robustness with hints of hay and barley sugar sweetness, with a peach note growing as the dram opens further.

Taste: The palate shows a tight texture and the classic Bere aromas: grain, apple pie and warm scones, compote and honey – fading into spicy notes of milk chocolate, gingerbread and marzipan in the aftertaste.

Bruichladdich The Organic 2011

There are currently no certified organic grain farms on Islay. Since 2003, Bruichladdich has sourced organic barley from the Ross family’s Mid Coul Farm in Dalcross in northern Scotland. In order to avoid monoculture, this barley is not grown there every year.

This single malt was distilled in 2011 and was matured for 11 years in first-fill American Oak ex-Bourbon casks. The same as fort he Bere Barley applies to this Bruichladdich whisky: bottled without chill filtration in natural colour with an alcohol content of 50% ABV.

Tasting Notes Bruichladdich The Organic 2011

Nose: Crème brûlée, cantaloupe melon, water mint, lemon zest, slightly woody.

Palate: Toasted oak, ground barley, honey, vanilla fudge, ripe pear and melon. Finishes with Golden Syrup, a sea breeze with hints of nutmeg and coconut.


Images: Bruichladdich

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