Bruichladdich 2008 - Bere Barley

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Grown - Dunlossit Estate
Stated Age
09 years old
American Oak Casks Ex-Bourbon & Tennessee
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L161718 17/334
Added on
03 Dec 2017 5:11 pm by Cerebrum

Average value

€ 75.09

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116 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2008 - Bere Barley

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.30 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My understanding is that Bere barley is a very rugged and historical grain to Scotland because it can grow in a variety of soils, climates (as it did for thousands of years). Once the industry perfected high yielding grains (oydessy, concerto) there was no need to look back. That is until terroir and history became marketable and when Bruichladdich decided to grow Bere barley on Islay again in 2005 - except it didn’t take and the last crops in 2009 were fed to cattle, and the Bere barley you’re drinking came from Orkney. Cool story though.

    Its very naked, showing off the malt. That’s great! Barley, hay and straw are predominant notes. Apple juice freshness, white wine acidity, manure. You feel as though you’re on a farm. pretty cool actually. I’ll take this over something that has been slammed into a ‘sherry cask’ for a ‘finish’. It’s not perfect, but worth the journey.

  2. Arquebus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On opening sweet, malty, custard creams, sucrose, barley sugar, slightly spirity : all this envelops an immediate slightly coconut note – which is quite prominent. Give this one time - at least 20minutes….. and it becomes richer and more complex. The coconut evolves into a putty/ linseed combo – the background sweetness matures – its whisky character develops. From the linseed - pears and kiwi fruit notes emerge. It’s a touch pricey but very much as I experienced at the distillery. I’m quite happy having bought a couple of bottles. A good reference point for what’s going on spiritwise with Bruichladdich and more unusual/ older Barley varietals

  3. BeatF scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    wonderfully straightforward, fresh drops against a rich backdrop, without ifs and buts
    • Nose
      Gooseberries, apples, floral honey, vanilla, sweet malt (sugar cubes, as they smelled in my childhood); invites you to dream and meditate even in the present great heat!
    • Taste
      fruity, berries, honey, summer flower meadow, pleasant pepper; wide
    • Finish
      and everything reaches a climax with a medium long finish; sweet but dry character

  4. Arquebus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at at Bruichladdich Distillery with various Islay Barleys. This was a great dram, with a full mouth feel and a dynamic nose with lots of rich malty notes and top fruity notes of pear, apples and coconut sitting atop a rich malty substrate - not surprising due to the first fill Bourbon Barrels. The most entertaining of of the non peated Bruichladdichs we tasted and well worth a punt. Fuller tasting notes to follow when I get to open the bottle I bought.  

  5. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  8. Teresa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Tasted at a Bruichladdich Master Class.
    Not as fruity fresh as the 2014 (6YO) bottling.
    A good dram, but I actually prefer the younger one.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Zesty citric with quite some spice.
      Fruity. Unripe green banana.
      The longer maturation has added some darker coffee notes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A whole different whisky than it's younger sibling with the same vintage.
      Much darker in taste with some rich chocolate notes.
      Peppery spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      More fruits in the finish.
      Medium long, slightly drying with some rather hot spice.


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