Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Bruichladdich
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • caramel
  • peach
  • apricot
  • grain
  • apple
  • woody
  • citrus zest
  • vanilla
  • fudge

Bruichladdich

Bere Barley 2010 (0.7l, 50%)

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Character Goatson
A Single Malt made from a rare and ancient variety of barley that brings the Spirit to life with a fruit-forward style.

The Bruichladdich Distillery is very impressive. In 1881 the Harvey brothers — who came from a Whisky family dynasty — built a cathedral-like, state-of-the-art Victorian still house with unheard-of six-meter tall stills. After being closed for a short period between 1994-2001, the distillery was brought back to life using pretty much the same 100 year old equipment by two London Wine merchants, who believed that terroir matters. They proudly practice slow fermentation and slow distillation using traditional wooden vats and huge washes made from towering Douglas Fir. The distillery produces non-peated Bruichladdich Single Malt, Port Charlotte which is peated in the classic Islay style, the heavily peated Octomore, and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.

Back in the day, each distillery made deals with local farmers and malted their grain in-house. But in today’s world of Scottish Whiskies, the growing and malting of barley is most often farmed-out to specialized firms. There’s nothing wrong with that — these companies do a really good job. But the individual character of the grain has become more homogenized.

Bruichladdich set about to experiment with more rare varieties and growing regions with the Barley Exploration Series. Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 is the third installment. Bere barley is an ancient version of the grain. It is a six-row variety which we’ve neer seen before. The grain was harvested in 2009 and distilled in 2010. It was aged a minimum of eight years in ex-Bourbon casks and is bottled at an impressive 50% ABV for a truly singular dramming experience.

Smartass Corner: 
The word "Bruichladdich" is darned hard to say correctly. The trouble is that the "-ich" in Scot’s Gaelic is sometimes pronounced as a hard "k" and sometimes it’s silent. And in "Bruichladdich" there’s one of each. Say it this way: "brook - laddie" and you’ll be close.
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Bruichladdich
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Harvest Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is powerful and pungent with interesting fruit notes — strawberry, pear, red plum, and apricot — with floral, citrus zest, and vanilla fudge underneath.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is more of the fruit bomb with peach, apricot, and apple over caramelized grains, caramel truffles, and charred wood.

Finish
The finish is long, bright, and warm with apricot lingering on the tongue.
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  • caramel
  • peach
  • apricot
  • grain
  • apple
  • woody
  • citrus zest
  • vanilla
  • fudge
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Bruichladdich is the largest single employer on the island with 60 full-time staff, and various temp and contract personnel.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Bruichladdich is the largest single employer on the island with 60 full-time staff, and various temp and contract personnel.
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