BRUICHLADDICH, the Islay distillery owned by Rémy Cointreau, has released the latest expressions in its Barley Exploration series.
The whisky for the three bottlings was created using different strains of barley, with the Islay Barley 2014 bottling created using barley grown solely on Islay and the Organic Barley 2012 produced using barley grown at Mid Coul farm in Inverness. The farm grows its barley sustainably, without the use of agro-chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides.
The Bere Barley 2013 bottling was created using Bere barley grown in partnership with the Highlands and Islands Agronomy Institute.
Described as a ‘complex’ cereal, Bere barley is said to impart a malty sweetness to the spirit, with a hint of fresh grass.
The Islay Barley was matured in a combination of first-fill bourbon casks, sherry butts and second-fill wine casks, with the Organic Barley matured entirely in first-fill bourbon barrels.
The Bere Barley was matured in a combination of first-fill bourbon barrels and second-fill Pauillac wine casks.