Bruichladdich is definitely one of the most creative and detail-oriented whisky producers of our times.
Its core range includes three single malts of different profiles (Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore) supplemented each year with number of limited editions. One of our favorites is Islay Barley, distilled exclusively from barley grown on the island. Islay Barley 2011 was distilled from barley (Publican and Oxbridge varieties) harvested on six western and central Islay farms in 2010. The whisky was aged in first fill American oak casks (75%), second and third fill Sauternes and fresh Austrian sweet wine casks (15%) and first fill Rivesaltes wine casks (10%). They were married together for six months prior to bottling.
Nose: floral and fruity, apples, pears, gooseberries, nectarines, grapefruits, vanilla, butterscotch, hints of hay and whiffs of sea breeze.
Palate: fresh, breakfast cereals with nuts, vanilla, milk chocolate, salted caramel, apples, oranges, apricots, dash of pepper and cloves, tobacco and perfectly integrated oak.
Finish: long and fruity, oranges, lemons, apricots, vanilla, cereals, dash of mixed spice and a whiff of sea breeze.