Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 is a single malt whisky distilled from barley grown by eight family farms on this remote Scottish island. Barley varieties Optic and Oxbridge were planted across the breadth of the island in 2009. The spirit was distilled early in 2010 and it ran clean, rich and malty, before being filled into ex-Bourbon and French wine casks.
Nose: The floral nature of Bruichladdich spirit is immediately to the fore, its purity and openness at once refreshing and stimulating. A sea breeze filled with a delicate floral bouquet drifts through before the beauty of young, clean Bruichladdich emerges with crisp sweet apple, ripe gooseberry and peach. The malted barley brings brown sugar and toffee, while aromas from the toasted oak are calm and restrained as a backdrop, allowing the malt and spirit to shine. Butterscotch, spice and creamy vanilla custard give more clues to the tremendous quality of the casks filled with this precious spirit.
Flavour: The mouthfeel, the viscosity, is a delight. Trickle distillation is a slow and simple technique but fundamental to producing such quality. The texture is muscular and rich, the natural oils coaxed gently from the grain temper the spice to allow its character, its young, clean, fresh charm to flourish.
Finish: The finish is ozone fresh, with zesty lemon and that note of windswept salt.
Tasting Notes courtesy of Bruichladdich Distillery.