Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 whisky launches

by Melita Kiely

Rémy Cointreau-owned Bruichladdich has released its Islay Barley 2012 Scotch whisky, which will replace the distillery's 2011 vintage.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 was produced using barley grown on Islay in 2011 by eight farmers from western and central farms on Islay, which was dried, malted and distilled in 2012. The unpeated whisky was matured in a mix of first-fill American whiskey casks (75%) and French wine casks (25%) for a minimum of eight years. The 2012 vintage Scotch is said to have aromas of citrus fruits and coconut, leading to salty flavours, charred oak, caramel and brown sugar on the finish. The expression replaces the 2011 vintage within the distillery’s barley exploration range Adam Hannett, head distiller at Bruichladdich Distillery, said: “The components at work in this whisky come together to tell the story of where this whisky is from. “It speaks of its place in the world with honesty and openness – Islay-grown barley, Islay distillation and Islay maturation. There’s honesty and pride at the heart of this single malt.” Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 is available from retailers and online at Bottled at 50% ABV, the whisky will retail for RRP £55 (US$76) per 700ml. Earlier this month, Bruichladdich encouraged Scotch fans to make more environmentally friendly whisky purchases by opting not to have gift tins.