Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt.
Mid Coul Farms, Dalcross.
The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown barley. The organic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley grown in a manner that our great grandparents would recognise was very much in tune with the belief in natural whisky. Quite simply, organic farming works in harmony with nature, nourishing the soil with sustainable practices as opposed to conventional farming where the soil is maintained through artificial inputs.
Crop rotation is key. The organic barley from Mid Coull farms must take its turn in a seven year cycle that also produces grass for organic cattle and sheep, oats, beans, carrots and a megawatt of green electricity. Well nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants which are generally cultivated for flavour not for yield.
Working with William Rose of Mid Coull farms since 2003, the Distillery have experienced both highs and lows as one year 40% of the total needs were supplied from his organic farm, in the next however the entire crop failed. Respecting the land, the soil and the climate nourishes a genuine and thorough understanding of terroir and the results are pure Bruichladdich.
Nose: Fresh malted barley, melon, peach and apricot. Opens up with notes of rich honey, lemon meringue and floral notes of gorse and heather. Vanilla and caramel and pastry notes from the wood are nicely balanced with the intensity of the fruit, waves of pear apple and gooseberry still hint at the fresh green fruits of the spirit.
Palate: Sweet pear drops, vanilla fudge, chocolate and marzipan initially. No aggression here at all just well-integrated flavours and a round gentle texture. The oak and malt notes complement each other so well overlapping each other with toasted rye bread, buttery popcorn and fresh oak, vanilla fudge and smooth caramel merging. The organic barley seems to give more fruit from the distillation and a more viscous texture which is a joy to the olfactory senses.
Finish: Sweet citrus, lemon drops, come through well on the finish and a slight char from the oak gives depth. The finish feels more marine, a little briny alongside the oak and malt which works beautifully
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Bruichladdich.