Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2013 Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Cruach, Dunlossit and Sunderland Farms

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For almost two decades now, we have shown the permanence of our commitment to barley provenance. Aided by the determination of our farming partners, this Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2013 is our eighth edition of unpeated, locally grown single malt. This 2013 edition was distilled from the 2012 harvest, raised across seven island farms by Hunter Jackson at Cruach, Andrew and Donald Jones at Coull, Mark French at Rockside, Ian McKerrell at Island, Alistair Torrance at Mulindry, Raymond Fletcher at Dunlossit and Raymond Stewart at Sunderland. Matured in a selection of first fill American oak casks (75%), and Ribera del Duero, Syrah and Pauillac wine casks (25%), the resulting malt has honeyed porridge and lemon meringue pie notes.

Islay Barley 2013

Tasting Notes


Colour – Apricot.

Taste – The oak cradles the soft fruit of distillation with a perfect balance and harmony. The delicate sweetness and luscious texture are like velvet on the palate. The balance of those sweet ripe stoned fruit flavours with the vanilla, caramel and brown sugar notes of the oak is perfect, this vintage of Islay barley is bottled at just the right moment to capture the DNA of our island and the whisky we distil on its shores. Add a touch of water and watch as the natural oils react in the glass releasing wonderful floral notes of hawthorn and heather to add to the complexity and depth of this remarkable Ileach.

Nose – This is stunning on the nose. The freshness and purity of the spirit is striking. A kaleidoscope of vibrant aromas pour from the glass, first, citrus and honey notes emerge before stoned fruit, dried apricot, and the perfume of ripe peaches. Sweet notes of marzipan, yellow flowers, vanilla pods, and then zephyrs of spice, cereal, and marine breeze. With time the oak notes elevate as the vanilla, Crème-Brulee, caramel and wood spices come to the fore. Then gentle hints of cinnamon and ginger cake and syrup add to the anticipation of tasting.

Finish – The finish is a testament to the quality of distillation. As the expression of that marine tang with the sweet citrus and honeyed oaked notes tells the story of our whisky and where it comes from. Natural whisky with no chill filtration means you will experience as long and gentle a finish as you ever thought possible.

Character – Taking your time to explore this dram will not leave you disappointed, the wonderful, complexity and honesty of this whisky is a joy to behold, its purity and freshness, its delicate oak sweetness and expression of fruit and gentle floral tones make it a vintage to remember. In fact, it may well be unforgettable.

Adam Hannet Signature

Islay Barley 2013

COULL, ROCKSIDE, SUNDERLAND, ISLAND, CRUACH, MULINDRY AND DUNLOSSIT FARMS


Our whisky starts with barley. As the essential raw ingredient in single malt Scotch, we have stepped outside of conventional whisky systems to trace flavour from farm to glass. In our locally grown Islay Barley editions, each bottle is a liquid embodiment of the commitment both our distillers and our local farming partners make to provenance.

Closely following our distillery’s resurrection, we approached local farmer Raymond Stewart in 2004, to ask if he would take on the challenge of growing malting barley locally. Despite there being a centuries-long tradition of distilling on the island, there had been a distinct disconnect between distilling and farming from the late 19th century. Raymond would be the first of many farmers to produce barley that would be traced parcel by parcel, from field to maltings and through to distillation.

Nearly two decades on, our Islay Barley mission continues to be a success. Nineteen farming partners now grow over 50% of our annual production requirements, all within a 10 mile radius of the distillery. Not only does the project support a diversified income for the agricultural community on Islay, allowing the benefits of a booming single malt industry to be shared, it allows us to explore Islay’s unique terroir – that is, the contribution of flavour from the soil, climate and the grower, to the final single malt in the glass. While each expression from the individual growing season is subtly nuanced, a signature maritime-citrus, barley forward style has developed in these exoteric single malts.

Our newest vintage of unpeated Bruichladdich Islay Barley features the harvest from the 2012 growing season, later distilled in 2013. The crop was raised across seven island farms, with the resulting spirit having matured in a combination of ex-American and ex-European oak casks for eight aged years.

Islay Barley 2013

specifications


  • Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
  • CROPS: 100% ISLAY GROWN BARLEY. CONCERTO VARIETY.
  • MALTING: Unpeated
  • YEAST STRAIN: Mauri and Kerry
  • DISTILLATION: Distilled in 2013, single vintage expression
  • 75% FULL TERM FIRST FILL EX-AMERICAN WHISKEY CASKS & 25% FRENCH EX-WINE CASKS, HAVING PREVIOUSLY HELD RIBERA DEL DUERO, SYRAH AND PAUILLAC WINE.
  • 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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