Bruichladdich Bere Barley Islay Single Malt 0,7 l
- Alcoholic strength:
- 50 %
Price per liter: € 80.56/l
The Bruichladdich Bere Barley is made of a crop that almost became extinct today
Bere barley is a special sort of crop that has been cultivated on the Isle of Islay for a long time. Because of the low harvest outcome, which is just half of other barley types, it almost vanished completely from Scottish fields. But now it has a little comeback, as it is used for the production of the Bruichladdich Bere Barley.
The result is a fantastic dram with a natural, light golden colour and a fresh and lively bouquet. It reveals aromas of citrus, zesty redcurrant, slightly sourish fruits, grapefruit, sweet barley, vanilla and some floral notes.
On the palate the spicy character is a little stronger. The casks have left a slight bitterness, oak flavours and hints of nuts.
However, citrus fruits, acacia honey, apricot, peach and vanilla make the whole taste full, fresh and complex. The finish is lasting long and shows floral nuances combined with a soft oaky bitterness.
The bere barley is the oldest cereal in Great Britain that is commercially cultivated. Besides the Isle of Islay and some other islands of the Outer Hebrides, it has been growing mainly on the Orkney Islands.
Today it is barely an interesting crop for farmers, as its output is much lower compared to other kinds of barley. Nevertheless, it is cultivated on Islay to produce the Bruichladdich Bere Barley and to safe a piece of Scottish history.
When the Bruichladdich Distillery was founded in 1881, the bere barley was still seen around the country. Robert, William and John Harvey were brothers and had a liking for good whisky. Well, it was more than just a liking.
Back then, whisky has been a family tradition for already more than a hundred years. The family has been running distilleries in Glasgow and thus the three young men grew up surrounded by whisky business.
Therefore, John was able to design a brilliant distillery, even though he was just 31 years old.