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
Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
CROPS: 100% ISLAY GROWN BARLEY. CONCERTO VARIETY.
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