Six-row Bere is Britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal. Some believe it was brought to the Hebrides by Norse invaders but it may have been here in the Neolithic, some 5,000 years ago. Bere is a hardy and resilient grain, adapted to poor soil conditions and a short growing season with long hours of daylight. Yields are low and the grain proved difficult to mill. The dense grist was to break our Victorian equipment when we first tried to mash it. But the results speak for themselves.
HEAD DISTILLER ADAM HANNETT SAYS; “THE BERE HAS MORE EMPHASIS ON THE FRUIT AND MALT NOTES THAN SPIRIT DISTILLED FROM CONVENTIONAL TWO ROW BARLEY VARIETIES. IT SEEMS MORE FULL BODIED, WITH MORE DEPTH AND MALT CHARACTER.”
Colour – Pale winter sunlight.
Nose – Green fruits – gooseberries, apples and pears.
Palate – A honey-soft texture with rich and malty sweetness and great depth.
Finish – A gentle dryness with a hint of oak. Honeysuckle.
BRUICHLADDICH BERE BARLEY 2008 SPECIFICATIONS:
— SPIRIT: Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
— GRAIN: 100% Bere barley grown on Dunlossit Estate, Islay in 2007
— DISTILLATION: 2008 from the 2007 harvest, a single vintage expression.
— MATURATION: American oak casks from Ex-Bourbon and Tennessee whiskies
— AGED: 9 years
— BOTTLING: At distillery with Islay Spring water, un-chill filtered and colouring free
— STRENGTH: 50% ABV
— LIMITED: to 18,000 bottles
— ACCREDITATION: Grown in partnership with the Agronomy Institute of the University of Highlands and Islands, Orkney.