The Bruichladdich distillery, in its position of exploring terroir within the whisky trade, has amongst its numerous choices the Barley Exploration sequence. This three half line up, it’s mentioned, explores “the flavour influence of the place, what and the way barley – the important uncooked ingredient – is grown, evoking a real sense of place.”
Having just lately launched Islay Barley 2013, the opposite two expression now be a part of the sequence – Natural Barley 2011 and Bere Barley 2012.
“Our Barley Exploration sequence initially started in pursuit of flavour, nevertheless it has grown into a lot extra,” mentioned Head Distiller, Adam Hannett, in a ready assertion. “Barley is integral to the whisky-making course of and we’ve subsequently turn out to be fascinated with the rising course of, heritage grains and pure crops – and the way each side can elevate the consuming expertise.
“It’s also a chance for us to assist the farmers who develop for us. By partnering with them we will really push the boundaries of what we will obtain with barley, discovering new flavours and resurrecting lengthy forgotten ones. Finally, it’s about reconnecting our whisky with its important uncooked ingredient.”
Made with 100% Scottish Barley, Bruichladdich Natural Barley 2011 is created from barley cultivated at Mid Coul farm in Inverness, Scotland. Together with gradual distillation and matured solely on Islay, official tasting notes make point out that “on the nostril there are notes of crème brûlée, candy cantaloupe, water mint and lemon rind. Hints of toasted oak, barley flour, creamy vanilla fudge and ripe pear could be detected on the palate, earlier than transferring to an opulent end of golden syrup with a refined maritime sea breeze.
For Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012, the distillery has been working with the College of the Highlands and Islands’ Agronomy Institute since 2005 to reintroduce Bere barley, thought of an historical grain, to the whisky trade. Having matured for ten years in first fill ex-bourbon casks, official tasting notes make point out of :zesty lime, creamy vanilla, inexperienced apples and honeysuckle could be detected on the nostril. On the palate, distinct cereal notes give strategy to apple crumble and heat scones, with hints of stoned fruits and clean honey, earlier than a wealthy end of gingerbread, milk chocolate and marzipan.”
Rounding out the trio is Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2013, distilled utilizing barley grown solely on Islay and sourced from seven completely different native farms. For this launch it has been matured in a mixture of first-fill American and second-fill European oak casks, with what’s described as “a harmonious stability between oak and barley. Delicate cereal notes open into honeyed porridge and lemon meringue pie, earlier than an extended and mild end with hints of candy apricot jam and clean melted fudge.”
The Barley Exploration sequence could be bought at chosen specialist whisky retailers, with every whisky pricing ranging from £65.