About The Distillery
Islay is a little too small, a little too sparse and a little too exposed to have ever made a real go of barley growing beyond the self-sufficiency of the Ileachs. Bruichladdich is probably the distillery that cares more than any other about the barley they make their whisky from. Their dream is to bring back the large scale cultivation of bere – the variety of barley that used to grow all over Scotland before the modern world arrived with its demands and quotas. Islay is their Eden – the garden from which a hardy, coastal bere will spring and cover the land from beach to clifftop in golden-brown grain. Islay is a fertile heartland waiting to happen.
That day is not here yet, but the current Malt Whiskies from Bruichladdich ensure that as much of the barley is Islay-grown as possible, and Scottish where not. This attention to their barley shows in the complexity of their whisky, where malty flavours form a wonderful backdrop to a soft fruitiness, in peated and unpeated varieties. This 18 year old cask has the further benefits of being formerly used to hold rum, whose sweet and velvety notes gel perfectly with this aged Bruichladdich.
Buyer’s note: Independent bottlings of Bruichladdich are not allowed to imitate official Bruichladdich releases in name or visual style. Please take this into account when you make your bid. Cask 88 has a wonderful in-house design team who can help create perfect packaging within specifications.