Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011 50% 700ml
This is the 2011 vintage of Bruichladdich's Bere Barley single malt Scotch whisky, distilled using... Well, bere barley, of course. Bere is a heritage variety of barley that doesn't quite have the sizable yields as other varieties, and thus its popularity waned, but thanks to a resurrection mission by the Barony Mill and Orkney College, it's back in the game for whisky making! This whisky is made with bere barley from Orkney grown in 2010, and matured in first-fill American oak bourbon casks for 10 years before being bottled up at 50% ABV.
Nose: Orange and lime, with herby freshness bringing some savoury balance.
Palate: Toasted nuts, banana chips, milk chocolate, a splash of green apple acidity, sponge cake.
Finish: Hints of sea breeze stick around, with a touch of lemon.