Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011
Bruichladdich // Islay, Scotland
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 is the sixth release in this series of single malts crafted using 100% barley grown on the Isle of Islay. Distilled in 2011 from Oxbridge and Publican barley varieties harvested from six Islay farms, each of which is listed on the bottle. The unpeated single malt matured in first-fill bourbon barrels (75%), first-fill Rivesaltes wine barrels (10%), and 2nd and 3rd-fill Austrian & Sauternes sweet wine barrels (15%). The whiskies were married for 6 months prior to bottling. Bottled without chill-filtration or added color at 50% ABV.
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 Typeex-bourbon & ex-sweet white wine barrels
"Creamy vanilla custard shows early on the nose, along with lemon peel, bell pepper, and cinnamon bark. The palate showcases peaches and cream, with a range of fruits—apricots, apples, raisins—reflecting the diverse wine casks used in maturation. Flavors shift progressively spicier towards the back of the palate, with black pepper, cloves, and tannic oak. Candied orange peel, honey, and crème brûlée highlight a rich finish. Layered and complex, belying its youth."