Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2009

Style: Floral and Fruity

Nose:
Bank of yellow flowers wavering with the fragrance of stewed tropical fruits. Bright aroma but also slightly tight. Dry black peppercorns, a faint touch of brine. White oak coated with vanilla beans praline. Feeling a bit of density on the nose, a pretty floral-fruit scent.

Palate:
The bright mood continues and begins with a clean, enchanting fruit layout on the palate. Fresh apricots, nectarines slowly laminated with a layer of warm, oily vanilla butter toast. Beautiful texture. More pralines, vanilla, milk chocolate and a few dices of ginger rolling in from time to time. Humble sea breeze carrying crisp vanilla icing. Nice and soothing.

Finish:
Painting a lane way of vanilla fruits, calm and nice oiliness lingers.

Thoughts:
As I was drinking this and jolting down my notes, I could not help but feel the spirit (not sure if it is barley-related) has given me a glimpse of its potential, imagine this maturing for another 10 years… Of course, this is just pure guessing and there are many variables will affect maturation. The expression is exceptionally clean while the combination of floral touches and fruits is great. More can be built around the malt and develop more complexities, but the core is as solid as you can get. Nice.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[50% • 2015 • Original Bottling • No Age Statement • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Aged 6 Years • Orkney Bere Barley • Travel Retail Exclusive]

-Esmond