Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Coull, Rockside, Sunderland, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach and Dunlossit Farms

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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 flavour 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.

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Islay Barley 2012 - Farm Map
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Islay Barley 2012

Coull, Rockside, Sunderland, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach and Dunlossit Farms


Bruichladdich has encouraged 19 different farming partners to take on the challenge of growing malting barley on Islay. What started as an exploration of an Islay terroir has evolved into supporting a community whose industry has shifted from fishing and farming to distilling.

Where Bruichladdich has provided an opportunity to diversify, Islay’s farming community have responded with a tolerance of failure and risk. Acting as an unofficial R&D department, their experiences have shaped Bruichladdich’s understanding of barley growing on the west coast of Scotland and have inspired them to act for farming systems of the future.

Nowhere is the philosophy of barley exploration more important to us than here on Islay. Bruichladdich Islay Barley explores the influence of our island climate on the barley. Surely the conditions on this westerly rock at the edge of the Atlantic must bring something extra to the barley and to our expressive, floral single malt whisky? The airborne salt spray that washes the fields and our warehouses must leave its mark on cask and liquid?

The challenge of growing barley on Islay is no mean feat, it is a labour of love. Between wild Atlantic storms, torrential rain and the voracious geese, it is a battle of wills and the yield returns for our farmers are much lower than their mainland counterparts. However, the challenge has been accepted by local farmers who now raise barley year on year for Bruichladdich. Together, we have 16 years of harvests under our belts, growing from one farm in 2004 to 19 farms in 2020 – providing approximately 45% of the distillery’s total barley needs.

“WE WANT TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO GROW FOR FLAVOUR, THOSE CHAMPIONS OF HERITAGE AND NATURAL CROPS. BY PARTNERING WITH THEM WE CAN FIND NEW AND LONG FORGOTTEN FLAVOURS, RECONNECTING OUR WHISKY WITH ITS VITAL RAW INGREDIENTS.”

Adam Hannet Signature

As of 2020, only two of the nine Islay distilleries work with local farmers to distil Islay-grown barley. Both Kilchoman and Bruichladdich work with the agricultural community to trace their Islay barley through the entire production process. Kilchoman’s locally-grown barley is malted at the distillery. It is then bottled in their expression ‘100% Islay’. Bruichladdich’s Islay Barley bottlings are labelled according to vintage and are traceable to the farms on which the grain has been grown, each farm being proudly declared on the tin.

In 2020, the spirit distilled from Islay barley made up 45% of our total production. This is spread across all three of our single malt brands – Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte, and Octomore.

Since reopening in 2001, Bruichladdich has committed to only ever distil 100% Scottish grown barley. Our exploration goes much further, however, as we delve into the impact of where, how, and what varietal of barley is grown, and how these influences impact flavour. Our Islay barley project began in 2004 with just one farm. 16 years later, we now partner with 19 island farms who grow exclusively for us.

Aside from our belief that barley grown in different areas can have different flavours, our business believes in supporting our island community. The dairy industry on the island collapsed in the late 90’s proving how fragile the local economy can be. By creating demand for locally-grown barley the agricultural community have been able to diversify, providing a crucial safety net.

Growing barley on Islay is a labour of love. Between wild, Atlantic storms, torrential rain, and the voracious geese, it is a battle of wills. Yields are often much lower than mainland-grown barley.

Bruichladdich’s barley releases have vintages because we believe each growing year will taste different to the last. We capture a snapshot in time within a bottle. That’s not to say that one vintage is better than another, or that growing on Islay is better than growing on the mainland, just that each year and each location [cut comma] is subtly and demonstrably different. Our Head Distiller and warehouse team carefully manage the flavour profile of each release of Islay barley. This means that we do not allow the flavour from the cask to overpower the delicate nuances from the barley.

Islay Barley 2012

Tasting Notes


Colour – 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 flavours 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.

Islay Barley 2012

specifications


  • Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
  • CROPS: 100% Islay grown barley. Concerto, Oxbridge, Propino, and Publican varieties.
  • MALTING: Unpeated
  • YEAST STRAIN: Mauri and Kerry
  • DISTILLATION: Distilled in 2012, single vintage expression
  • MATURATION: -75% full term first fill American whiskey casks -25% French wine casks
  • AGED: 8 years
  • BOTTLING: Islay spring water, non-chill filtered and colouring free
  • STRENGTH: 50% ABV

BRUICHLADDICH WHISKY IS ALWAYS:


MATURED ENTIRELY ON ISLAY
BOTTLED ON SITE USING ISLAY SPRING WATER
NON CHILL FILTERED
COLOURING FREE

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