Price Point: $55 – $65 for 750 ML
Distiller: Bruichladdich Distillery
I spent all of last week at the beach with my wife’s family. Before heading down, my tradition is to bring a bottle of Scotch and a bottle of rum. The Scotch usually ends up being something “manageable” (average proof, nothing peaty/smoky so others may partake) like the Glenlivet 12 Year Old or Glenmorangie Lasanta. However, when I arrived at the liquor store and saw the Tiffany-blue bottle of Bruichladdich Scottish Barley staring me down, I immediately caved.
This whisky begins with sweet, malty goodness on the nose. It’s not unlike Bruichladdich Rocks, but at a heightened level. There are floral and fruity (pineapple) notes with yeasty, bread-like qualities.
My first sip of Bruichladdich Scottish Barley reveals a complex and intense (at 50% ABV) whisky. The malt is huge but not dominating on the palate. There’s a hint of smoke inferring its Islay origin, but it’s gone quickly. Not a trace of peat, as the label suggests. It’s rounded out by creamy vanilla.
This is a pleasant and long-lasting, malty finish; the highlight of the dram.
Rating & Recommendations
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley earns a high rating of 87 out of 100.
This is a very nice whisky with a ton of great character. The warming qualities of this high-proofer would make this a choice drink for a cold night, although I wouldn’t refuse it in July.