Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012 Single Malt Whisky

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Islay
  • Category: Single Malt Whisky
  • Owners: Rémy Cointreau Group
  • Bottler: Distillery
  • Brand: Bruichladdich
  • Age Statement: 10
  • Chill Filtered: No
  • Alcohol % ABV: 50
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Average Price £: 85
  • Colour Description: Marzipan Yellow
  • Colour Status: Natural
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Maturation / Finish: 1st Fill Bourbon
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Malted Bere Barley
  • Barley: 100
  • Whisky Experience Level: Experienced
  • Value Score : 96 out of 100
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Distilled Date / Barrel Fill Date: 2012
  • Core Bottle or Special Release: Core Bottle, Batch Release
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Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2012

A beautiful expression that shows the classic depth and complexity of Bere Barley. Notes of zesty lime and green apple, with a subtly spiced gingerbread finish.

Bere is Britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal and would have been used by Scotland’s early distillers through distant centuries. However, in the 20th century an emphasis on efficiency and commercial return encouraged the pursuit of yield over flavour – favouring varieties that would produce the easiest crop and greatest extract.

As champions of flavour, we’ve been working with the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Agronomy Institute since 2005 to reintroduce Bere barley to the distilling of single malt whisky.

However, its importance stretches beyond whisky making. It is believed that this varietal has huge potential for the future of food production.

Sown in April for a September harvest, the 2011 growing season was mostly warm and dry, until the crucial cutting time when there were very few days free from rain. Maturing for over ten patient years in first fill ex-bourbon casks, the understated maturation of this 2012 vintage delicately balances an unctuous texture and malty, sweet fruit flavour.


BARLEY PROVENANCE: 100% Bere barley grown by the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College (UHI)
MALTING: Unpeated
DISTILLATION: Distilled in 2012 from the 2011 harvest
AGE: 10 Aged Years
MATURATION PROFILE: All full-term maturation in first fill bourbon casks for 10 years


The 2012 Vintage is another stunning example of the viscous texture and wonderful depth and concentration of flavour we see from our Bere Barley. It is unique, a single vintage and a barley variety that gives flavour like no other.


Marzipan Yellow


Complex and alluring, there is a wonderful combination of fruity and floral notes on the nose. Oak comes through with zesty lime and green apple, followed by fragrant honeysuckle and creamy vanilla. The Bere barley provides a tart robustness with hints of hay and barley sugar sweetness, with a peach note growing as the dram opens further.


Firm and well rounded, Bere barley and stoned fruit glide across the palate bringing waves of apricot, ripe peach and stewed apple. Chocolate lime hints at the zesty richness of the spirit before barley sugar and warm scones bring a remarkable depth of flavour from the malt. Marine notes of sun kissed sand and sea shells follow, moving to marzipan, mellow oak and coconut.


Long and delicate, the finish has notes of gingerbread, milk chocolate, marzipan, creamy vanilla and apricot jam. A subtle marine note lingers along with a hint of barley sugar.

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