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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Whiskey

$81.99

Size
750ml, bottle

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Whiskey is a unique single malt Scotch whisky that celebrates its origin. Made entirely with barley grown on Islay, Scotland, it's matured in Islay casks and bottled in 2012. This limited-edition release offers a truly Islay experience, showcasing the influence of the region's wind, sea salt, and peaty character.

Description

Aroma

The initial nose of the Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 is a delightful surprise for those expecting a heavily peated Islay dram. Instead, a wave of delicate floral notes greets you, reminiscent of fresh spring flowers. This floral character is quickly joined by the sweetness of creamy vanilla and hints of honey.  As you delve deeper, a fruity symphony unfolds. Imagine a summer fruit salad with notes of kiwi, melon, and ripe pear, adding a touch of juicy sweetness. Don’t be fooled by the initial lightness though, a subtle whisper of peat smoke lingers in the background, hinting at the Islay influence.

Palate

The first sip is a revelation. Unlike some Islay whiskies that can be heavy on the palate, the Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 is surprisingly light and refreshing. The sweetness from the nose translates beautifully, with honey and vanilla leading the charge. Hints of melon and citrus zest, like lemon or grapefruit, add a touch of zing and complexity. The signature Islay peat smoke finally emerges, but in a subtle and restrained way. It doesn’t overpower the delicate floral and fruity notes, but rather adds a layer of intriguing smokiness that complements the other flavors.

Finish

The finish is clean and crisp, leaving your palate refreshed and wanting more. A touch of lingering sweetness from the honey and vanilla fades slowly, accompanied by a gentle reminder of the peat smoke.

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Single Malt

abv

50%

Country

Scotland

Brand

Bruichladdich

Size

750ml, bottle

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Tasting Notes

Palate

Palate

The texture and mouthfeel for a young whisky is a testament to the slow careful distillation and the quality of the Islay-grown barley. Refined and complex on the palate, the sleekness carries the fruit, cereal, and oak notes in succession as the flavours develop and deepen on the palate. The distillery character - the fruit and floral style are immediate and distinctive. The creaminess and the notes of porridge and rice pudding are malty and rich with brown sugar and dry straw. The fruit notes of pear, melon, and orange wrap around toffee and fudge sweetness, combining beautifully.

Finish

Finish

The finish is a salty sea breeze with lingering hints of the charred oak, sweet salty caramel, and brown sugar. The melon and creamy texture settle on the palate and take you to another place.

Color

Color

Pale straw.

Delicate

Delicate

Delicate, light, floral notes and a creamy vanilla with rich, floral honey rise from the glass. Kiwi, melon, coconut, and ripe pear freshness combine beautifully into a fruity citrus style to provide that zesty, sweet signature of the Islay grain and the slow trickle distillation. Breathe a little deeper and the hint of spice from the combination of French and American oak gives a little highlight to the fruit. Be lead into the wonderful depth and sweetness, by the toffee and chocolate notes from the oak. With time more dimensions of this whisky are revealed, a dry grass and crushed cereal note. Then that distinctive fresh sea salt tang.