Many distilleries, due to demand, have to import barley from abroad. This would compromise the terroir of the spirit, so Bruichladdich only use Scottish barley in all their whiskies. For this expression, they’ve gone one further and made it exclusively with barley grown on Islay. Specifically, at Rockside farm just up the hill where Kilchoman distill their whisky.
Palate: Creamy. Salty porridge with apple. No citrus this time, but a touch of menthol and spicy nutmeg.
Finish: Hazelnuts and a little more salt.The barley in this was grown in 2006, distilled in 2007 and matured purely in bourbon casks until it was bottled at 50% ABV. Apparently, the Islay farmers were paid for their barley (at least partially) in whisky!Lovely dram this is – it’s so farmyardy, but not in a bad way at all. On the nose is stables, hay, horses, leather, mud etc and the palate’s creamy and cereal-rich. Yummy.