Bruichladdich Islay Barley Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2007
Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from unpeated barley grown on Rockside Farm on the maritime coast of Islay, providing a very different terroir to the central Islay-grown barley used in their 2009 release. After the grains are milled and mashed, they are fermented in the distillery's original washbacks, which are made of Douglas Fir. The wood from the washbacks absorbs heat generated during fermentation, and allows for a longer, slower fermentation process as compared to steel, resulting in a more flavorful and rich whisky.
After fermentation, the wash is distilled twice through Bruichladdich's 130 year-old, 20-foot tall, diamond-shaped stills. The Victorian-era stills produce whisky that is notably floral and elegant. The Bruichladdich Islay Barley series celebrates the nuances of terroir within Islay. Trickle distilled and matured for six years in ex-bourbon American oak casks.