Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Islay Grown: Dunlossit Estate
Bruichladdich // Islay, Scotland
Bere barley, a six-row barley, has been replaced with two-row barley in modern whisky production as the latter has a higher yield. This isn't the first time Bruichladdich has experimented with Bere barley, but it is the first time to have been harvested on Islay. This vintage unpeated single malt was distilled in 2008 using Bere barley harvested in 2007 from the Dunlossit Estate located in the northeast part of Islay. It was aged in American oak barrels which previously held ex-bourbon and ex-Tennessee whiskeys. Bottled un-chillfiltered with no color added at 50% ABV. Only 18,000 bottles available globally.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeAmerican oak ex-bourbon & ex-Tennessee whiskey
"In keeping with modern Bruichladdich tradition, this whisky shows a feint golden color but features a nose packed with strong barley character of cracked grain and toasted cereals. The palate trades back and forth between salted orange candy and more exotic pastry cream and has above average weight. An interesting project with satisfactory results but perhaps a bit simple with a fairly one-noted finish."