Wednesday, February 10, 2021


The Islay based Bruichladdich Distillery, has announced the launch of its latest Islay Barley bottling.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 (50% ABV) is an 8 Year Old unpeated single malt Scotch whisky, which was produced using barley grown by eight farmers, and matured in a combination of first-fill American oak barrels and French wine casks.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012

Barley exploration has always been a mission at Bruichladdich. Since their resurrection in 2001, the distillery has pioneered the concept of “terroir” in single malt whisky. Bringing ideals of connection from the world of wine, they have focussed on re-connecting the liquid in the glass back to the ingredients; to the soil it was grown in, the climate it was exposed to, the varietal and how it was grown and to the all-important growers who gave it life.

Nowhere is the exploration of terroir more prominent in Bruichladdich Distillery’s back catalogue of spirits, than in their home-grown Islay barley range. In 2004, Raymond Stewart was encouraged to grow the first crop of barley destined for distillation in living memory. The distiller’s Islay barley project has developed into quite the success story since those early years.

19 farmers now grow barley across the island, allowing Bruichladdich to explore the subtle nuances of their primary ingredient in their locale while their farming partners are given the opportunity to share in the burgeoning economy associated with distilling.

Commenting on the news, 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, will be available later this month from specialist retailers and the distillery's website, for a RRP of £55.00

Posted by Steve Rush