Bruichladdich Distillery Co. announced the release of Islay Barley 2014, the latest installment of its Barley Exploration Series.
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2014 is distilled using barley grown solely on Islay, the island off the coast of Scotland that Bruichladdich calls home, the company says. A true celebration of place and provenance, the latest vintage is distilled from barley grown on eight local farms, all within an 11-mile radius of the distillery, it adds.
Fully traceable from farm to glass, Islay Barley 2014 has been matured in a combination of first fill bourbon casks, sherry butts and second fill wine casks, balancing the influence of the oak with the locally grown barley. The result is a cereal-forward single malt with notes of apricot and peach, malty digestive biscuit, and a hint of fresh grass, the company says. A subtle maritime note also lingers, nodding to the whisky’s all Islay harvest, distillation and maturation, it notes.
Packaged in a 750-ml bottle, the 50% ABV Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2014 now is available for purchase online by visiting the company’s website, and will be available at select whisky retailers starting Feb. 1 for a suggested retail price $82.99, it says.