Single malt

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Islay Grown

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Islay Grown

What they say

Six-row Bere is Britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal. Some believe it was brought to the Hebrides by Norse invaders but it may have been here in the Neolithic, some 5,000 years ago. Bere is a hardy and resilient grain, adapted to poor soil conditions and a short growing season with long hours of daylight. Yields are low and the grain proved difficult to mill. The dense grist was to break our Victorian equipment when we first tried to mash it. But the results speak for themselves.

HEAD DISTILLER ADAM HANNETT SAYS; “THE BERE HAS MORE EMPHASIS ON THE FRUIT AND MALT NOTES THAN SPIRIT DISTILLED FROM CONVENTIONAL TWO ROW BARLEY VARIETIES. IT SEEMS MORE FULL BODIED, WITH MORE DEPTH AND MALT CHARACTER.”

BRUICHLADDICH BERE BARLEY 2008 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • — SPIRIT: Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
  • — GRAIN: 100% Bere barley grown on Dunlossit Estate, Islay in 2007
  • — DISTILLATION: 2008 from the 2007 harvest, a single vintage expression.
  • — MATURATION: American oak casks from Ex-Bourbon and Tennessee whiskies
  • — AGED: 9 years
  • — BOTTLING: At distillery with Islay Spring water, un-chill filtered and colouring free
  • — STRENGTH: 50% ABV
  • — LIMITED: to 18,000 bottles
  • — ACCREDITATION: Grown in partnership with the Agronomy Institute of the University of Highlands and Islands, Orkney.

Colour – Pale winter sunlight.
Nose – Green fruits – gooseberries, apples and pears.
Palate – A honey-soft texture with rich and malty sweetness and great depth.
Finish – A gentle dryness with a hint of oak. Honeysuckle.

What I say

Celebrating Bruichladdich day on 31st may during Feis Ile 2021 with a Masterclass from Head Distiller Adam Hannett. Previously divulged to me but under strict radio silence the Masterclass worked through several single casks representative of the many “firsts” since Bruichladdich’s reopening. Together these firsts were married into their Feis Ile 2021 origins bottling which I’ll also get too soon. One cask in particular stood out for me which was distilled from Orkney-grown Bere Barley and reminded me I was still sat on a healthy sample of this Islay Grown edition. Produced from Bere Barley grown on the Dunlossit Estate.

  • ABV 50%
  • Age 9 Years Old
  • Bottler Official
  • Bottling Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Islay Grown
  • Cask American Oak
  • Category Single Malt Whisky
  • Cost £70
  • Origin Bruichladdich Distillery
  • Outturn 18000
  • Region Islay
  • Released Drawn 15/12/2017
  • Vintage 2008

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance Champagne gold (3/20), slow, oily, medium tears and long, fine legs.
  • Nose Delicious, vanilla custard, sherbet lemons, plenty of cereal barley, hay, straw, lemon tarts with shortcrust pastry, floral honeysuckle, green apple and apple blossom, greengage and melon.
  • Taste Medium-full bodied, soft brown sugar, malty barley, zesty lemon and some orange peel, vanilla then a touch spirity, some nutmeg and white pepper spices add to a mineralic sea breeze, fresh green apple and heather honey.
  • Finish Medium-long, sweet honey, dried apple rings, straw and residual earthy and green barley-like spice.
  • Overall Another great example of the cereal-led and incredibly fruity Bere distillate. Even at 9 years old this is much fruitier than it should be at this age.

Score 86/100

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