Bruichladdich® Islay Barley 2011

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Bruichladdich® Islay Barley 2011 - Main
Bruichladdich® Islay Barley 2011

Beyond the Label

Unpeated Islay Single Malt, made exclusively from 100% local Islay grain. Islay barley was Bruichladdich’s earliest introduction to the Distillery’s intense focus on ingredients transparency. Cultivated in rotation with 17 different farms on the island, each regional Islay Barley release showcases the influence of a merciless Atlantic environment on Islay-grown grain.

Our Islay barley series has always been a mission. For many years now we’ve sought to showcase the phenomenon of “terroir” in single malt whisky – the belief that soil, climate, micro-climate, geographic orientation, natural influences and local weather systems will influence the quality and flavor profile of the spirit, making it a unique expression of ‘place’. Bruichladdich Islay barley 2011 is distilled from barley grown on six western and central Islay farms in 2010.

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Product Type Whiskey
Style Single Malt
Country Scotland

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Beyond the Label

Unpeated Islay Single Malt, made exclusively from 100% local Islay grain. Islay barley was Bruichladdich’s earliest introduction to the Distillery’s intense focus on ingredients transparency. Cultivated in rotation with 17 different farms on the island, each regional Islay Barley release showcases the influence of a merciless Atlantic environment on Islay-grown grain.

Our Islay barley series has always been a mission. For many years now we’ve sought to showcase the phenomenon of “terroir” in single malt whisky – the belief that soil, climate, micro-climate, geographic orientation, natural influences and local weather systems will influence the quality and flavor profile of the spirit, making it a unique expression of ‘place’. Bruichladdich Islay barley 2011 is distilled from barley grown on six western and central Islay farms in 2010.

California Residents:Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING

Product Details

Product Type Whiskey
Style Single Malt
Country Scotland

Scent and Flavor

NOSE

From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes and delicate floral style of this dram is shared with our past Islay grown releases. Typical Bruichladdich style fruit notes of crisp apple and ripe pear along with peach and dried apricot are further enhanced with lemon drops, grapefruit and orange zest. There is a vast array of flavor rising from this whisky as it opens further. The oak and cereal components come through after the fruit, pipe tobacco and vanilla notes mingle with barley sugar and caramel wafers, as ever a distinct marine tang hangs in the air.

FINISH

The finish is about the fruit, dried apricot from the oak and lemon, kiwi and caramel wafer. A warm sand, marine note lingers as the Islay maturation tells its part of the story. As this whisky lingers on the palate it puts you in mind of the construction and structure to its form. Each element, distillation, time, cask and barley have a clear influence yet not one dominates another as this whisky reaches a crossroads in its development. This vintage is at the perfect stage to appreciate all that it is as it lays bare its DNA, its philosophy and its quality.

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