Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010
Barley from Weyland and Watersfield, Quoyberstane, Northfield & Richmond Villa Farms
Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making.
Distilled in 2010 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay, the grain for this release was grown in 2009 on Orkney and has produced a single malt with a distinctive character.
Nose: At first the nose is dominated by cereal, porridge oats, malty notes but quickly followed by intense fruit, ripe pear and peaches in syrup, lemon meringue pie. There is a fresh breezy quality like fresh linen. The oak brings honey, vanilla, coconut and hints of cinder toffee and fudge. As time opens this unique dram up, the peach notes become all enveloping and anything else is had to find.
Palate: Back to the malted barley on the palate, the texture is like honey, rich and incredibly viscous. A range of sweet fruit and oak notes jostle for position, peaches in syrup again, honey, chocolate, cinder toffee and apricot jam, there is an amazing sweetness from the oak and malt that is unlike any other spirit made by the distillery, the Bere barley gives so much intensity of flavour and the spirit has drawn deep from the wood in the last eight years.
Finish: On the finish there is an air of gentle grace as the softness of the fruit continues, pear and apple come through with the peach notes and offer another dimension.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Bruichladdich.