Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012 Islay Single Malt Whisky 50%

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Bruichladdich's Bere Barley is grown from Barley in Orkney from this rare variety of Barley that is low-yielding but very high quality. This was distilled in 2012 from the 2011 harvest, then aged in first-fill Bourbon casks for ten years and bottled at 50% ABV.

Complex and alluring, a beautiful combination of fruity and floral notes is on the nose. Oak comes through with zesty lime and green apple, followed by fragrant honeysuckle and creamy vanilla. The Bere barley provides tart robustness with hints of hay and barley sugar sweetness, with a peach note growing as the dram opens further.

Firm and well-rounded, Bere barley and stoned fruit glide across the palate, bringing waves of apricot, ripe peach and stewed apple. Chocolate lime hints at the zesty richness of the spirit before barley sugar and warm scones bring a remarkable depth of flavour from the malt. Marine notes of sun-kissed sand and sea shells follow, moving to marzipan, mellow oak and coconut.

Long and delicate, the finish has notes of gingerbread, milk chocolate, marzipan, creamy vanilla and apricot jam. A subtle marine note lingers along with a hint of barley sugar.

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