Islay-based distillery Bruichladdich has launched a 2012 vintage single malt whisky made from barley grown on the Scottish island.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 was produced using barley grown in 2011 by eight farmers from western and central farms on Islay, which was dried, malted and distilled in 2012.

The unpeated 2012 vintage will replace the current 2011 vintage within the distillery’s barley exploration range.

The 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.

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.
Via The Spirits Business
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