Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008
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Dusty hay bales strikes me initially after the first pour. With a little time to settle we have more barley sugar coming forward. Citrus notes take more of a foreground appearance in the form of lemons and tangerines. Fresh, but at the same time delicate and refreshing. Light honey accompanies some additional oats. Porridge like, with sweet honey and fruit. Lovely stuff.
Tarty lemon citrus arrival. Quickly develops to thick barley sugar sweetness, thick honey with some lemon curd citrus coming into play. Some hay is present and a touch of herbal, with some aniseed. The mouthfeel is very viscous and coating. This is a whisky that tastes older than its years, for 5-6 years old it really has matured well and tastes beautiful.
Medium length, spicy and sweet. Aniseed sticks around, well merged within a honey coating, and some lemon sweetness. This is honey and lemon throat sweets in a glass.
Few drops added. The nose is now most complex, with added floral honeysuckle and herbal intensities, some added oak and a migration of the aniseed from the palate to the nose. The palate is just glorious, loads of vibrant citrus fruit juices, sweet now from the start, with a little tartiness coming middle of the development and quickly jumping back to creamy and sweet barley sugars again. The finish remains with honey and lemon glory.
Beautiful whisky right here. This is a breakfast dram for the masses. Gorgeous stuff, so enjoyable, moreish, easy drinking, and also a very suitable summer dram.
Thanks so much to Bruichladdich for providing the sample.