Single malt Scotch whiskies have traditionally been presented accompanied by age statements, but Bruichladdich have long argued that while age is interesting it is by no means the only determinant of quality and style. Other factors that have a huge influence are the quality, type and location of the casks in which the whisky is matured, and also the provenance of our fundamental raw material, barley.
We have pioneered the creation of variety and nuance in whisky by treating barley in a manner similar to the way that winemakers treat grapes. That is to say that winemakers too are interested in the What, Where,and How – the varieties, origins and growing regimes they employ to bring home their harvests. We are used to seeing grape variety, origin and vintage specified on bottles of wine as a result – and we now often see “organic” or even “bio-dynamic” designations on wine bottles as well. We have recently released two more single malts that illustrate how we embrace this approach.