Bruichladdich 'Bere Barley' Islay Single Malt 2010 50% ABV
Bruichladdich champions the rare variety of Barley, Bere, which has been identified as a very old strain of barley which produces a very low yield, but excellent quality spirit. The first time they produced a whisky from this variety it broke their mash tun, but they persisted, and we are the beneficiaries of this singular and outstanding dram. Bottled at Bruichladdich's usual 50% ABV and no chill-filtration. Aged in Bourbon and Tennessee whisky casks for 9 years.
Bruichladdich is Noble Grape's favourite distillery on Islay. The production is small, and the commitment to quality throughout the distillation and ageing is faultless. The distillery was brought back to life in 2000 by former wine merchant Mark Reynier who had the foresight to hire master distiller Jim McEwan to take charge of the production. Mark's wine background has left a legacy of wine culture at Bruichladdich with many bottlings featuring ageing in casks formerly used for ageing of fine wine. But not only that, the sense of place, what wine terms we call 'terroir', is fundamentally stamped on the range: a true sense of the unique place that is Islay.
Bruichladdich is the name used for the unpeated whiskies, whilst Port Charlotte is those which are heavily peated. There is also Octomore, a series of rare bottlings which are super heavily peated, the heaviest peated whiskies in all of Scotland.
The distillery is now owned by Remy Cointreau, but nothing has changed in the philosophy.
Noble Grape is a member of the 'Laddie Crew' and we will from time to time have access to rare bottlings, so keep calling back to look at our current range