Bruichladdich introduces Islay Barley 2012

The new single malt made from 100% Islay barley grown on eight farms


With the Islay Barley range, Bruichladdich has been setting the focus on terroir for several years. The whisky is made exclusively from local barley. To secure this the distillery works together with various farms on the Isle of Islay. This year's edition Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 comes from the harvest of the eight farms Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindy, Starchmill, Cruach, Dunlossit and Sunderland.

The Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 is a vintage bottling made exclusively from single malt distilled in 2012 using unpeated malt. 75% whisky from First Fill American whisky barrels and 25% whisky from French wine casks was batched. The whisky was bottled at 50% ABV at the age for eight years. Like the other Bruichladdich Islay Barleys befor, it is neither chill-filtered nor colored

Producer’s tasting notes for the Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012

Nose – Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dipped in chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley.

Palate – On the lips it’s soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay.

Finish – The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away.

Character – Wonderfully balanced to show the fruity style of the spirit on the nose and the delicate influence of the cask on the palate. The peat smoke weaves its way gently through the whisky highlighting the softer sweeter notes. This 2012 vintage has a freshness and balance that tells the story of the place to which it belongs.


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