Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Barley from Quoyberstane, Muddisdale, Weyland and Watersfield, Northfield and Wetermill Fields, Orkney.
Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making.
Distilled in 2011 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay, the grain for this release was grown in 2010 on Orkney and has produced a single malt with a distinctive character.
Nose: The nose opens with a bouquet of sunny floral aromas. Geraniums and orange blossom followed by mint and chocolate limes. Next comes malted barley, a citrus tang and apricot jam. There is a creamy richness on the nose; the combination of malty, fruity, citrus and floral notes wrapped in fresh oak is beautifully balanced and has tremendous depth of flavour.
Palate: On the palate, the delicate nature of this whisky is evident with light hints of chocolate, apricot jam and citrusy, herbal zephyrs. Yet, the texture shows robustness in its viscosity as it settles across the tongue. As it does so, the barley sugar opens up with chocolate lime and fudge. Dried banana chips, vanilla and marshmallow. Apricot jam, gooseberry pudding and malted bread. A host of flavours mingle and combine to give depth and delicacy to this dram.
Finish: On the finish, the marine freshness comes through. Salinity on the lips and a stiff sea breeze note speak of the northern islands where the Bere is grown, and the ozone and fruity character on the palate hint at the westerly location of the spirit’s birth and maturation. Barley sugar and green fruit come in on the palate and hold right to the end as the superb texture pulls everything together.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Bruichladdich.