Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010, is a whisky that pays homage to Bere Barley a six-row heritage variety that was long forgotten as a distilling variety. The Bere Project was devised to find modern applications for this variety and this harvest was grown on Orkney during the 2009 season. The whisky was distilled in 2010, to make an unpeated Islay Single Malt, it has been matured in ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of 8 years. The resulting spirit was then bottled at 50% abv and is non chill filtered and colour free. The result is a whisky that has an outstanding texture and is intensely fruity.
700ml at 50% alc./vol.
At first the nose is dominated by cereal, porridge oats, malty notes but quickly followed by intense fruit, ripe pear and peaches in syrup, lemon meringue pie. There is a fresh breezy quality like fresh linen. The oak brings honey, vanilla, coconut and hints of cinder toffee and fudge. As time opens this unique dram up, the peach notes become all enveloping and anything else is hard to find.
Back to the malted barley on the palate, the texture is like honey, rich and incredibly viscous. A range of sweet fruit and oak notes jostle for position, peaches in syrup again, honey, chocolate, cinder toffee and apricot jam, there is an amazing sweetness from the oak and malt that is unlike any other spirit we make, the Bere barley gives so much intensity of flavour and the spirit has drawn deep from the wood in the last eight years.
On the finish there is an air of gentle grace as the softness of the fruit continues, pear and apple come through with the peach notes and offer another dimension. The oak and malt fade away slowly and leave you to contemplate an incredible experience.