Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009 70cl 50°
This 2009 vintage of Bruichladdich Single Malt boasts the authentic and unique terroir of the heart of Islay, well different from the maritime edition of 2007. Barley is grown in the Claggan, Cruach, Island and Mulindry farms in the centre of the Island and reveals sweet warm flavours.
The very slow distillation process develops the authentic aromas of barley. A maturation in carefully selected bourbon casks reveals the complexity of this whisky. This expression offers sweet malted flavours with notes of gooseberries, pinneaples and citrus. Quite , this 2009 edition is intensely fruity, full-bodied with a sweet almond texture and a hint of sherry.
Established in 1881, this Islay distillery faces Bowmore on the other side of the Loch Indaal.
In the past, it produced the less peated and lightest malts of the island, due to its four long-necked stills. As it almost disappeared in 1995, it was purchased by a group of investors who trusted Jim McEwan (former Bowmore employee) with the responsibility over distillation and blending. Since then, it has been a feast of fascinating novelties and releases…
A rare fact in Scotland, the Bruichladdich distillery (“Bruk-ladie”) uses a brewing vat in open air. Its onion-shaped stills have a very flat bottom and a long neck. The very light peated Bruichladdich Single Malt is unfairly underestimated. It reveals indeed a maritime origin with an iodized nose and a salty mouth flavour. Longer maturation imparts a full body to the whisky and makes it a gourmet, elegant malt. Bruichladdich is also perfect when aged in sherry casks.
The distillery produces also two heavily peated whiskies: Port Charlotte and Octomore.