About Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009
Inspired by an entrepreneurial flair and a youthful enthusiasm, the Harvey brothers began construction of the Bruichladdich (pronounced brook-laddie or broo-lah-dee) Distillery in 1881. For five decades, the brothers — descendants of a dynastic whisky family — owned and operated the distillery. Following the death of William Harvey in 1936, however, the distillery changed hands a number of times and was shut down in 1994, seemingly forever. In 2000, the distillery was purchased by a group of investors led by Mark Reynier and Murray McDavid. Together, the pair convinced Jim McEwan, who had been working at Bowmore Distillery since the age of 15, to join Bruichladdich as master distiller. One of the biggest names in the business, McEwan worked with Bruichladdich until his retirement last year, though he still lives next door to the distillery and continues to advise them on an informal basis.
Today, McEwan’s incredible work ethic and creative vision continues to inspire the folks behind Bruichladdich Distillery, known for its commitment to using Islay-grown ingredients and historic distilling processes.
Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from unpeated barley grown on four different farms in the center of Islay, providing a very different terroir to the wild maritime location of their 2007 release from Rockside. After the grains are milled and mashed, they are fermented in the distillery's original washbacks, which are made of Douglas Fir. The wood from the washbacks absorbs heat generated during fermentation, and allows for a longer, slower fermentation process as compared to steel, resulting in a more flavorful and rich whisky.
After fermentation, the wash is distilled twice through Bruichladdich's 130 year-old, 20-foot tall, diamond-shaped stills. The Victorian-era stills produce whisky that is notably floral and elegant.
The Bruichladdich Islay Barley series celebrates the nuances of terroir within Islay. Trickle distilled and matured for its entire life in American oak casks, the whisky has an aroma of ripe gooseberries, dark plums, and burnt oak, giving way to malty sweet notes of cereal, nougat, and citrus, and finishes with a touch of vanilla.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
Check out our impressive selection of scotch whiskies, find your new favorite in the Top 10 scotch whiskies, or explore our treasury of rare & hard to find scotch whiskies.