Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2012 Bere Barley
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One of the few unpeated Islay whiskies, Bruichladdich likes to explore the idea of Islay terroir, giving its whiskies a real sense of place. This edition was produced from the 2011 harvest of heritage bere barley supplied by the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College, distilled in 2012.
Bere barley is Britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal and would have been used by Scotland’s earliest distillers, and though it produces incredibly low yields it also brings a uniquely robust, rich flavour through its smaller, denser grains. In the 20th century other varieties that were easier to grow with a higher yield began to be favoured instead, but now Bruichladdich is resurrecting this heritage grain! The whisky itself spent ten years in first-fill bourbon casks, with the barley bringing light, zesty fruit notes and lots of barley sugar.
Zesty and bright, fresh toast with floral honey, summer berries, and barley sugar.
Oily malt, ripe peach, and orange chocolate, with hints of sea-washed pebble, and roasted almond.
Candied ginger, salted milk chocolate, and dry woody spice.