The latest edition of Bruichladdich's Islay Barley Series, this one from Dunlossit Farm, is released today.
The Islay Barley Series is the ultimate expression of Islay, a single malt whose provenance and traceability is as unparalleled as the origin is unique.
Bruichladdich's Islay Barley Series showcases the first single malt whiskies in a century to be exclusively Islay-made – from barley to barrel to bottle.
In these days of increasing production efficiency and global market raw material sourcing, the real sense of place, the terroir from which Scotch whisky originated, has been lost.
Bruichladich have set out to rectify this with a single malt that was made from barley reassuringly sown and grown on the Isle of Islay.
This unpeated barley was distilled in to Bruichladdich whisky, warehoused and matured, and finally bottled still on the Hebridean island at Bruichladdich Distillery.
The terroir for this whisky is a desolate place known as the 'headland of the the gallows'. This lonely field is a rare patch of fertility amongst the barren, rocky outcrops and peat bogs tilled continually since Neolithic times. Evidence of Islay's earliest farmers, dated to 6,000 years ago, was discovered in this soil only last year.
In this remote, unsullied earth, Chalice barley was grown by farmer Jim Logan in what is now called the Jubilee field (Queen Victoria’s, not Elizabeth’s), on Dunlossit land owned by Bruno Schroder, a Bruichladdich shareholder. It was harvested in September 2006 and distilled eight weeks later.
Bruichladdich's Islay Barley Series is the ultimate in whisky terroir – where once again land and dram are united.
Non chill-filltered, and colouring-free, Bruichladdich's Islay Barley Series “Dunlossit” was bottled at 50 per cent ABV and retails at around £38.
In the mid nineteenth century, 4000 acres of malting barley were grown on Islay, but due to The Great War's Islay casualties, the acreage collapsed to zero.
Bruichladdich's programme to re-establish the cereal on the island now means 800-1000 tons, a quarter of the Victorian era yield, is now harvested for Bruichladdich. this represents around 50 per cent of the disitllery's requirements.