Bruichladdich Islay Barley

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As I mentioned in my post on Springbank’s last Local Barley release, one of the other distilleries that is very prolific in the whole barley experimentation thing is Bruichladdich. Every one of their core expressions has an “Islay Barley” counterpart made using barley grown on local Islay farms.

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Bruichladdich 1991 Cadenhead Wine Cask

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Can’t find the picture I took or a picture of the bottle online, so here’s a picture from my visit to the distillery.

This is another offering from Cadenhead’s wood range, this one having been aged in a Bourbon hogshead and then a Burgundy wine cask. I really like the wood range offerings from Cadenhead and have had some really interesting ones, but to be honest I got this as a sample which didn’t state the cask type and I really didn’t feel it.

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Malt Mongers Israel Octomore Evening

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This is an evening I’ve been looking forward to for some time. Our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel (MMI), decided some months ago to get hold of some Octomore bottles and do an evening, but we put it off until the weather was suitable. Then finally the cold nights of December arrived and it was time.

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Port Charlotte 2001 Archives

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I was very lucky recently. Whiskybase.com’s shop in the Netherlands have their own independent bottling label called Archives and they’ve developed a reputation for being quite good. The problem is that their reputation is so good that these single cask bottlings they can get a little hard to get a hold of.

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Bruichladdich 2003 Laddie Crew Valinch 22

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One of the really exciting parts of visiting Bruichladdich distillery is their Valinch casks. A pair of rotating casks with some quite eclectic whiskies in them, and a tap, instead of a real valinch, so you don’t spill whisky all over yourself and spend the rest of the day walking around smelling like a drunk who fell into his pot of boot stew (from experience).

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Octomore 7.2

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Sample received from /u/bieliebielie via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I don’t think I’ve reviewed an Octomore on here before. Octomore is the most heavily peated expression from Bruichladdich and was born of an expremient by Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier where they tried to get hold of the most heavily peated barley possible and made whisky with it.

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My Islay Trip Part 7 – Bruichladdich and Kilchoman

I’m not going to write too much about what I did on the Sunday on Islay. I intended to use the day for hiking as the public transport doesn’t run there on Sundays, but the weather had other ideas. Instead I took a nice long walk along the Three Distilleries path. I stopped at Laphroaig and had a dram of the 10-year-old Cask Strength, then went to Ardbeg for some lunch at the Old Kiln Cafe. I walked back to Port Ellen and went for a pint at one of the local pubs.

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My Islay Trip Part 1 – A stopover in Glasgow and a tasting at the Bon Accord

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I just recently returned from a trip to the beautiful island of Islay. Islay is a little green island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and is most well known for being home to 8 whisky distilleries who make some damn fine stuff.

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Port Charlotte PC12 Oileanach Furachail – Blind

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Whisky number 13 in the Tapuz blind tasting competition, and finally something I almost guessed correctly. A sweet, heavily peated treat of a dram.  My experience with Port Charlotte is not as varied as I’d like, having only tried the PC10, PC11 and an SMWS bottling, so for my guess I went with the PC11, but thankfully I wasn’t too far off.

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