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Can whisky help save our soils? In this world-first biodynamic Scotch whisky release, we have hope that it can. Biodynamic farming starts with organic principles, then repairs and enhances the soil to raise high quality produce. By buying and distilling barley from carbon-negative Yatesbury House Farm, we support the regenerative agricultural systems we’d like to see more of in the world.
Distilled in 2011, from the 2010 harvest of biodynamic barley grown by Richard Gantlett, this unpeated spirit was later filled in to first fill ex-American whiskey casks. Aged 10 years, and bottled at 50% abv within our distillery gates, this is a revolutionary whisky that demonstrates the power of connection; from farmer to glass.
The Biodynamic Project is the second small-batch experiment to be released from Bruichladdich Distillery. Taken from the inner workings of our Head Distiller’s sample room, these non-conformist spirits are revealed for curiosity’s sake. In line with our commitments to reduce secondary packaging, The Biodynamic Project is sold without a tin. Limited to 5,000 bottles, this is a Laddie Shop exclusive.
In the early days of Bruichladdich’s resurrection, we sought flavour where no one else thought to look. Paying attention to single malt’s all-important raw ingredient, barley, we approached Richard Gantlett and asked him to officially certify as biodynamic. Providing a direct market for his barley has made it a viable crop for him in his rotation and in return, we have the opportunity to distil a remarkable whisky – the first in the world to be adorned with the Biodynamic Federation’s Demeter logo. Its depth and balance is intriguingly different, even within our own back catalogue of barley forward spirits.
A biodynamic farming system is not just about superior flavour, it’s about creating a farming system that nurtures all organisms within it. Barley is rotated with other cereals and a diverse ley which includes 23 species of herbs, legumes and grasses. All rooting at different depths, these plants thrive in diversity, working in the opposite to a monoculture. The soil is fed with organic matter & micro-organisms to increase its structure and fertility, contributing to a symbiotic food system both above and below ground. A recent carbon audit on the farm saw that 10 x more carbon was sequestered (drawn down) than was emitted.
This Westminster crop of barley was planted and harvested in the summer of 2010. Distilled at Bruichladdich in 2011, it would mature for 10 aged years in first fill ex-American oak casks. Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at 50% abv, using Islay spring water, this 10 year old whisky shows the longevity of our barley exploration releases. First pursuing flavour, and now supporting carbon sequestering farms, it is the whisky of our future.
Ripe peach, vanilla custard, candied orange. Turkish delight, dried apricot, brown sugar and barley straw. With time – crisp apples, poached pears and syrup.
There’s a succulent mouthfeel, with peaches, creamy vanilla, caramel chocolate and gentle oak. Water opens out the floral notes with honeysuckle, rose and geranium.
On the finish, citrus notes, marine air, toffee. Long lasting notes of malt sugar and porridge close this astonishing whisky.
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It started with our friend ‘Demolition Dave’ helping Duncan McGillivray and his gang to demolish the old Inverleven distillery – buying up all the old equipment for scrap and loading it onto barges on the Clyde. All so Duncan had some spares to keep Bruichladdich running in the days of No Money.
As this odd flotilla was being towed round the Mull of Kintyre and up to Islay, Laddie MD Mark Reynier received an email from the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in the USA who had been monitoring distillery webcams on the grounds that our processes could have been ‘tweaked’ to produce the dreaded WMD. ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’.
Never one to allow the opportunity for a good story to pass him by, or to get his beloved distillery in the news, Reynier embellished the tale, which soon grew to involve spies and the CIA and visits by weapons inspectors. All of which made great headline-grabbing copy in the febrile media atmosphere then prevailing around WMD.
One of the stills from Inverleven was dutifully set up outside the old Victorian buildings, and became an iconic sight, with a pair of Duncan’s old wellie boots sticking out of the top to represent those weapons inspectors searching for dangerous chemicals deep in its copper bottomed interior.
A special bottling was commissioned (of course) and dubbed the ‘Whisky of Mass Distinction’ (geddit?) and much hilarity ensued. At least among the Laddies, the rest of the whisky industry having long since given up on the noisily irreverent rebels.
Things were about to get even more eccentric because, shortly afterwards, Islay fisherman John Baker was heading home to Port Ellen when he spotted something awash in the sea off the bow of his boat. Being a resourceful man, he attached a rope to said object and towed it into the pier where Gordon Currie lifted it out of the water. It proved to be a very beautiful yellow submarine.
Very conveniently, the yellow vessel had ‘Ministry of Defence’ and a telephone number stencilled on it, which was of course immediately called. What happened next was to become the stuff of legend. He was connected to the Royal Navy. “I have found your yellow submarine” said John. “We haven’t lost a yellow submarine” said the Navy. Which was an odd response as the evidence to the contrary was overwhelming.
John and Gordon then loaded the submarine onto a lorry and took it to a secret location in Port Ellen (actually fellow fisherman Harold Hastie’s back garden). The local newspaper was called, then the nationals, and the following day the red-tops were full of pictures of the two friends astride the lethal-looking machine, carrying fishing rods, and asking: “Has anybody lost a yellow submarine?”
Hilarious… unless you were the Royal Navy – who did eventually admit to it being theirs. HMS Blyth, the minesweeper that lost it, eventually came to pick it up, slipping into the pier at dawn to winch it aboard. By that time, Bruichladdich had (of course) commissioned another bottling, WMD2: The Yellow Submarine, and a box of lovely liquid was graciously offered, and accepted by the captain as a goodwill gesture.