Bruichladdich Bere Barley Vintage 2012 Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky
50% ABV, 750 ml, Unpeated, 10 Years old, aged in Bourbon barrels, 100% Bere barley grown by the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College (UHI)
A beautiful expression that shows the classic depth and complexity of Bere Barley. Notes of zesty lime and green apple, with a subtly spiced gingerbread finish.
"Bere is Britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal and would have been used by Scotland’s early distillers through distant centuries. However, in the 20th century an emphasis on efficiency and commercial return encouraged the pursuit of yield over flavour – favouring varieties that would produce the easiest crop and greatest extract.
As champions of flavour, we’ve been working with the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Agronomy Institute since 2005 to reintroduce Bere barley to the distilling of single malt whisky.
However, its importance stretches beyond whisky making. It is believed that this varietal has huge potential for the future of food production.
Sown in April for a September harvest, the 2011 growing season was mostly warm and dry, until the crucial cutting time when there were very few days free from rain. Maturing for over ten patient years in first fill ex-bourbon casks, the understated maturation of this 2012 vintage delicately balances an unctuous texture and malty, sweet fruit flavour."