Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 (Islay, Scotland)

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012
(Islay, Scotland)

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Notes from the Distillery:
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’. Bruichladdich Islay barley 2012 is distilled from barley grown on eight western and central Islay farms in 2011.

Technical Data

Crops: 100% Islay grown barley: Concerto, Oxbridge, Propino, and Publican varieties
Malting: Unpeated
Yeast Strain: Mauri and Kerry
Distillation: Distilled in 2012, single vintage expression
Maturation: -75% full term first fill American whiskey casks -25% french wine casks
Aged: 8 years
Bottling: Islay spring water, nob-chill filtered, and coloring free
Strength: 50% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Taste: 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.

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.

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.

Awards/Reviews: 

Gold - SF World Spirits Competition 2021

94 Points, Finalist - Ultimate Spirits Competition 2021

"Aromatically light, notes of honeysuckle and earthy grains are to the fore. Elegant in the mouth, the flavors begin with honeyed hay before filling out with peaches in syrup, crunchy brown butter toffee, and whole grain toast. The finish is long and layered."

93 Points - Whisky Advocate

"Distilled from barley grown on eight western and central Islay farms in 2011. Light tropical fruit notes of kiwi and melon, along with pine nuts, ripe banana, lemon peel, and fresh hay, with excellent minerality and some salinity. A honeyed, refined palate with mature wood notes, espresso, porridge, peaches, and apricots. The finish offers vanilla cream, cinnamon spice, dark chocolate shavings, caramel, peach, and a dash of sea salt."