Scotch - Single Malt

Bruichladdich The Organic Scottish Barley Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Bruichladdich Organic Scottish Barley single malt is unusual for two reasons. First, it's an "unpeated" Islay single malt, which means it lacks the heavy peat-smoke reek that Islay scotch is so notorious for. This will be greatly pleasing to those who don't much appreciate the smoky flavor and will allow one instead to concentrate on the grain itself. That brings us to the second unusual characteristic, whch is the organic barley (certified by the UK Biodynamic Agricultural Association). The distillery works with local farmers (their marketing website names Sir William Roberts of Mains of Tullibardine, William Rose at Mid Coull and Neil Scobie at Coulmore) for 100% organic barley for their whisky. It is bottled at a very high 100 proof. They suggest looking for flavors of citrus and honey almond along with "the crispness of malted barley." 

About the Producer

The Bruichladdich Distillery (pronounced "Brook-laddee") is translated from Gaelic as "raised beach," according to the website. It was founded in 1881 by William Harvey where it operated until 1994, when it was mothballed by then owner Beam Global as "surplus." It was reacquired by a group of investors in 2000 and began distilling once again in 2001. The purchase included some 7,000 casks of aging whisky. They are particularly proud of sourcing their whisky from 100% Scottish barley which is "increasingly" organic. Their whiskey is bottled and aged on Islay with no chill-filtration, coloring, or other additives. According to an announcement in 2010, they will become self-sufficient in power by using "pot-ale" (the stuff left over after making whisky) adn conver it to bio-gas that will be used to power the distillery. "Drink Bruichladdich and save the planet!" announces the article. The distillery was acquired by French-based Remy-Cointreau in 2012.

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kmix kmix (11) (2015-05-17)
Nicely balanced Islay scotch. Not overpowering, and lacks some of the stronger flavors that make whisky of this region something of an acquired taste
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