Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 50%
Score: 93 points

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2006. The barley for this Islay single malt came from a strain introduced to Scotland by the Vikings centuries ago, and rarely used for distilling because of the difficulty in making whisky from it. On top of that, the barley was grown on Islay at Kynagarry Farm, making it 100% Islay from grain to glass. The nose has a grapefruit and lemon tartness, along with some maltiness, hints of honey, ginger, and a soft peatiness. The taste starts off sweet at first, with a great mix of citrus tartness, pepper, and a soft peaty touch that all come in together for a nice complexity. The finish has lingering spices and a soft butteriness. Very nice and well-balanced. (March, 2013)