Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Scotch

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Scotch

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Bruichladdich's Islay barley series has always been a mission. For many years now, they’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 2012 is distilled from barley grown on eight western and central Islay farms in 2011.

• Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
• Distilled in 2012
• Aged 8 years
• Matured in 75% First Fill American Whiskey Casks & 25% French Wine Casks
• Bottled unchill-filtered and coloring free
• 50% ABV

COLOR
Pale straw.

TASTE
The texture and mouthfeel for a young whisky is a testament to the slow careful distillation and the quality of the Islay-grown barley. Refined and complex on the palate, the sleekness carries the fruit, cereal, and oak notes in succession as the flavors develop and deepen on the palate. The distillery character – the fruit and floral style are immediate and distinctive. The creaminess and the notes of porridge and rice pudding are malty and rich with brown sugar and dry straw. The fruit notes of pear, melon, and orange wrap around toffee and fudge sweetness, combining beautifully.

NOSE
Delicate, light, floral notes and a creamy vanilla with rich, floral honey rise from the glass. Kiwi, melon, coconut, and ripe pear freshness combine beautifully into a fruity citrus style to provide that zesty, sweet signature of the Islay grain and the slow trickle distillation. Breathe a little deeper and the hint of spice from the combination of French and American oak gives a little highlight to the fruit. Be lead into the wonderful depth and sweetness, by the toffee and chocolate notes from the oak. With time more dimensions of this whisky are revealed, a dry grass and crushed cereal note. Then that distinctive fresh sea salt tang.

FINISH
The finish is a salty sea breeze with lingering hints of the charred oak, sweet salty caramel, and brown sugar. The melon and creamy texture settle on the palate and take you to another place.

CHARACTER
The components at work in this dram come together to tell the story of where this whisky is from. It speaks of its place in the world with honesty and openness – Islay Barley, Islay distillation, and Islay maturation. Honesty and pride are at the heart of this dram.