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Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012 Islay Single Malt Whisky, 50%

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Cask: Ex-Bourbon & American Oak

Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making.  The antecedents of Bere reach back to the dawn of Scottish agriculture, around 4,500 years ago.  The grain would have been a staple part of the Scottish diet for thousands of years and was used by Scottish generations to make beer, bannocks and bread.  This Bruichladdich Bere Barley was distilled in 2012 from a 2011 harvest.  

The nose is dominated by cereal, porridge oats, malty notes but quickly followed by intense fruit, ripe pear and peaches in syrup, lemon meringue pie.  The oak brings honey, vanilla, coconut and hints of cinder toffee and fudge.  On the finish there is an air of gentle grace as the softness of the fruit continues, pear and apple come through with the peach notes.

About the distillery

The Bruichladdich distillery on Islay is at the forefront of environmental action in Scotland's whisky industry. A recent project launched in 2021 aims to use sustainable energy to heat the distillery, creating only water as a waste product, eliminating all CO2 emissions.

Alongside their environmental credentials, Bruichladdich also proudly practices a very traditional approach to distilling that is fairly radical today. All their Single Malt Whiskies are based on Scottish Barley, with around half of that coming from Islay itself, and 5% organically grown.

Three whiskies in different styles are produced at Bruichladdich: The unpeated Bruichladdich bottles, the heavily peated Port Charlotte, and the ultra-heavily peated Octomore.

All Bruichladdich's whisky focus on terroir, quality, and careful cask maturation, with a degree of detail seen in few distilleries anywhere else in the world.

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