Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 / 8yo
Info: Produced using barley grown on Islay in 2011 by eight farmers from western and central farms on the island, which was dried, malted and distilled in 2012. Unpeated, matured in a combination of first-fill American oak barrels and French wine casks. 8 years old, 50% abv. Around £55 (via Bruichladdich’s website).
Colour: Light summery barley tones in the sun.
Nose: Slightly spirit lead, but sweet and moreish. Earthy (but not peaty) barley notes with hints of creamy vanilla and nuts.
Palate: Creamy and easy (considering the highish abv), sweet and full of Bruichladdich signature. Barley sweetness and nuts.
Finish: Warming and long, full of sweetness, with a a small hint of tannin at the end, just how I like it!
Thoughts: Super fine whisky with enough youth to keep it sweet and not too wood dominated, but old enough to feel mature, punchy and full of flavour.
Thanks to Bruichladdich for the sample!