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Bruichladdich® Islay Barley 2011 Single Malt Whiskey


750ml, bottle

Bruichladdich® Islay Barley 2011 Single Malt Whiskey is a peated Islay single malt that is made entirely from barley grown on Islay. It is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-wine casks, resulting in a complex and flavorful whiskey.



Initial burst: Delicate and light, with floral notes like lavender and honeysuckle. Hints of creamy vanilla and honey rise alongside a signature citrus zestiness of grapefruit and orange peel.

Further exploration: As the whisky opens up, the Islay influence emerges. A gentle sea breeze carries a touch of brine and seaweed, mingling with earthy notes of pipe tobacco.


First sip: A burst of fruit arrives first, with juicy pear, melon, and apricot sweetness. Underlying malty notes of porridge and rice pudding add richness, balanced by hints of brown sugar and dry straw.

Development: The signature Bruichladdich distillery character unfolds, with a wave of fruit and floral notes. Hints of toffee and fudge emerge, intertwined with a light smokiness that whispers of Islay peat.

Texture: Despite its young age, the slow, careful distillation creates a surprisingly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.


Initial: The finish lingers with a delightful interplay of fruit and spice. Dried apricot and lemon dance with hints of kiwi and caramel wafer.

Lingering notes: A subtle warmth spreads, carrying a touch of sea salt and sand, a final reminder of the whisky’s Islay maturation. The peat smoke influence remains gentle, leaving a pleasant smoky echo on the palate.

Additional information

Product Type



Single Malt








750ml, bottle


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Tasting Notes



From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes and delicate floral style of this dram is shared with our past Islay grown releases. Typical Bruichladdich style fruit notes of crisp apple and ripe pear along with peach and dried apricot are further enhanced with lemon drops, grapefruit and orange zest. There is a vast array of flavor rising from this whisky as it opens further. The oak and cereal components come through after the fruit, pipe tobacco and vanilla notes mingle with barley sugar and caramel wafers, as ever a distinct marine tang hangs in the air.



The finish is about the fruit, dried apricot from the oak and lemon, kiwi and caramel wafer. A warm sand, marine note lingers as the Islay maturation tells its part of the story. As this whisky lingers on the palate it puts you in mind of the construction and structure to its form. Each element, distillation, time, cask and barley have a clear influence yet not one dominates another as this whisky reaches a crossroads in its development. This vintage is at the perfect stage to appreciate all that it is as it lays bare its DNA, its philosophy and its quality.