Bruichladdich Islay Barley Whisky 2010
This is a thought provoking, uber provenance single malt whisky distilled from barley grown by eight family farms on our remote Scottish island home. Barley varieties Optic and Oxbridge were planted across the breadth of the island in 2009; gathering the harvests together was to result in our first ‘regional Islay release’. We distilled their spirit early in 2010 and it ran clean, rich and malty before being filled into ex-bourbon and French wine casks and matured in our warehouses by Loch Indaal.
- Finish: This expression from our distillery, our land, our terroir, will leave you in no doubt as to its island of origin. The finish is ozone fresh, with zesty lemon and that note of windswept salt that can only have come from maturation by our Atlantic shoreline.
- Mood: Confident in its identity, its history and heritage, this is another self-assured and distinctive dram in the Islay barley series as we establish the identity of our island-grown grain and explore its potential.
- 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 we filled with this precious spirit.
- Palate: 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. Appreciate the expertise of the maltster, the cooper’s craft and the experience and patience of the distillers. Consider the effort and expertise involved and the provenance and heritage of this exceptional spirit on the palate and you will be rewarded with a sensory experience rarely encountered.