Malt of the Month: june 2015
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Bruichladdich Scottish BarleyIslay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Please wait Web Exclusive Price
Bruichladdich are big on sense of place and terroir. The distillery's signature bottling, made with barley grown and malted in north-east Scotland, Bruichladdich Scottish Barley is aged in a combination of American and European oak on Islay and highlights the house style – floral and elegant.
Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange Team
- Nose: A hint of sea spray, but rich and plush, with punchy fruit, sweet malt, and floral aromas.
- Palate: Enticing mix of creaminess and salinity with peaches and cinnamon – rich and refreshing all at once.
- Finish: Medium in length, with nice balance between the sprightly fruit and tangy sea-spray elements.
- Comment: This is a great everyday Islay whisky. The balance between fruit and salinity is exceptional, with a delightful creamy texture all the way through.
The distillery was built in 1881 by the Harvey brothers, who already owned Yoker and Dundas Hill distilleries – Robert (designer), John (distiller) and William (financer). It changed hands six times over the next century, resulting in Invergordon Distillers (later Whyte & Mackay) taking control in 1968. After much uncertainty and periods of temporary closure, they mothballed the distillery in 1998. Murray McDavid bought the distillery in 2000 and set about restoring it to former glories.
Rémy Cointreau purchased the distillery for £58m in 2012, and continue to keep operations as traditional as possible. Much of the equipment is Victorian, including an open-topped mash tun dating from 1881, a Boby mill, Douglas Fir washbacks, and the 'Bruichladdich computer' – a blackboard. The biggest employer on Islay, there is an emphasis on sense of place, with some releases entirely made using Islay barley, some from a single farm.