Whisky Review – Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2007

Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2007
Non-Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
50% ABV
£40.50 available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop.

The latest release of Islay Barley from Bruichladdich. The barley in question being produced on Rockside farm. Harvested and distilled from in 2007, this 5-6 year old whisky has been very interesting in the past. Let’s see how this year favours.

Nose.

Lots of lovely creamy barley. Soaking in lemon juice. A pinch of pepper. Light vanilla. Porridge. Malt biscuits. This nose is all about the barley and citrus. In the background there are hints of grass, hay and dunnage warehouse. There is a very nice organic sense in the background, farm like.

Palate.

The arrival is sweet and sour complex. Lemons taking the front. Some pepper and chilli spice. After the heat of the 50% alcohol subsides, the development goes into creamy vanilla custard, lemon drizzle cake, rich barley oils. Oils is a very prominent feature of this palate, the mouthfeel is thick, extremely coating, gorgeous stuff. There is a touch of herbal as well, I’m not too great on picking up herbs, but there is something parsley like in the palate. Really complex. Delicious.

Finish.

Those wonderful oils spread the complex barley, cake like, citrus notes. Continuing for a fair duration (medium-long) considering the age. The after heat is well down into the chest, warming and not harsh. Very smooth. Moreish as well.

Adding water.

This is so drinkable at bottled strength I don’t want to add water, but I will for experience sake! Just a few drops. The nose is more complex now, lots more herbal elements coming forward. Herbal lozenges, sage, clove. The citrus notes have dulled, but they are still in the background. The palate reflects the nose, very complex. Some fennel and aniseed flavours are intermingling with the citrus now. The mouthfeel still very oily. The finish has now an engine oil and barley rich note, more herbal again, but still retaining the citrus rich profile if the undiluted. To have water or not? Well, I like it either way to be honest. Half a dram without, then add a bit. Makes for a fun dram experience.

Conclusion.

This is fantastic stuff. I can’t remember the 2006 being as good as this one, don’t get me wrong that was awesome as well, but for me this 2007 Islay Barley is striking all the right notes. It’s light enough to be a breakfast whisky, but also complex enough to spend a lot of time considering its flavours over a long evening.

There are a nice selection of wee Laddies (small bottles) available now from various retailers which include the Laddie Classic, Islay Barley and the Botonist (Bruichladdich’s gin), if you don’t know Bruichladdich yet, and fancy taking a taste test there is no better way to do this than with those 20cl bottles.

Thank you to Bruichladdich for kindly providing a review sample.

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Whisky Review – Bruichladdich – The Classic Laddie

Bruichladdich – The Classic Laddie
NAS
Non-Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
50% ABV
£41.63 from Master of Malt.

Back on familiar ground here with the Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich. I have reviewed this one before, but it’s sometimes nice to go back to the same whisky, new bottling/batch and see how the whisky, or even, my tastebuds vary from year to year.

Nose.

Considering its unpeated, there is a whiff of peat smoke. This has been described due to the water source being used containing a fair amount of peat. It’s a very barley rich nose, creamy and thick. Vanilla. Soft fruits, melon, apricot, boiled pears. Some citrus. Touches of pepper.

Palate.

Spicy arrival, soon subsiding with the development moving to boiled fruit sweets. Fruit jelly. Melons, pears, apples, tropical fruits. Vanilla cream. The mouthfeel is sublime, thick with oils transporting the flavour around the mouth. I’m told this is due to Beuichladdich’s slow distillation techniques. The development goes on into malty barley notes, very rich and delectable.

Finish.

Long, oily, loads of barley and the soft fruits stick around as well. Lip smacking stuff.

Adding water.

Only a small drop added as it is so very flavoursome at the bottled 50%. The nose is now exploding with fruit, which is very much intensified. More apples now, pear, melon, soft exotic fruitiness. Lush. Inthe nose still has some peat, some added leafy herbal notes, and a touch more pepper. The palate is immediately more flavoursome with the fruits taking a more front line in the development, with some added spice, the mouth feel is amazing, and this is a really mouthwatering dram. The finish is still long, a touch more herbaceous, with some drying oak and sweet liquorice ending things off nicely.

Conclusion.

A gorgeous dram. I still compare this to the Laddie 10, which I do miss. But this is a very well constructed, tasty and truly unique dram from a unique distillery. I’ll make no omissions. I love Bruichladdich and what they do. I can’t wait to go back and visit again (May hopefully), and every sip is just heavenly for me.

There are a nice selection of wee Laddies (small bottles) available now from various retailers which include the Laddie Classic, Islay Barley and the Botonist (Bruichladdich’s gin), if you don’t know Bruichladdich yet, and fancy taking a taste test there is no better way to do this than with those 20cl bottles.

Thank you to Bruichladdich for kindly providing a review sample.

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