Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
Stated Age
06 years old
75% ex-Bourbon American oak casks and 25% ex-
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L163695 19/314
Added on
07 Aug 2019 9:16 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 60.30

26 × in wishlist

60 × member ratings

153 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2011

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.69 points

  1. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    – Bruichladdich has encouraged 18 different farming partners to take on the challenge of growing malting barley on Islay. What started as an exploration of an Islay terroir has evolved into supporting a community whose industry has shifted from fishing and farming to distilling. the barley used for this whisky are grown a the Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill and Cruach farms on Islay. The whisky is then Matured in 75% ex-bourbon American oak casks and 25% ex-wine European oak casks.

    Nose: This is really more robust and packs more of my favorite ‘laddie’ punch. for me it is much closer to the 10 year old (which is now not available), with a big footprint. Of course there’s the apple / pear / apricot combo with a hint of grapefruit and unripe melon, floral and grassy at times, and spicy as well with licorice / anise touches to it, a nit dirty (farmy if you wish to call it that) , very rustic, this is how Islay barley should feel.

    Palate: Citrus fruit come at you from the first sip, mostly grapefruit (and some lemon zest), more of the licorice / Anise combo, and a dirty touch as well. Salted caramel, cereal, and oak with a hint of tobacco leaves, pepper and brine.

    Finish : more tobacco, salt, oak tannin, grapefruit pith

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is why I love Bruichladdich. Transparency and quality. A spirit driven 6 year old age-stated whisky that allows the barley and malt character to shine. Value (£45) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Loads of honeyed barley grain and farmyard notes. Think buttered fresh rye bread and fresh hay. Also loads of vanilla and fresh fruits. Some baked apples and poached pears. A citrus presence with lemons and tangerines. Some barley water. Somewhat grassy as well and some savoury kitchen spices. The faintest touch of peat perhaps. Some distinct minerality.
    • Taste
      An oily mouthfeel. The 50% ABV helps here. Some salted caramel with vanilla and barley water. Honey. More cereal notes and some cracked black pepper. Bitter lemon rind along with more salinity. Some cardamom and aniseed like notes as well.
    • Finish
      Drying with some oaky tannins here along with more of the black pepper warmth. Some grassy, herbal notes linger in the background along with. More mineral and farmyard notes appear. More of the aniseed notes and some ginger as well.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A touch of hops and grapefruit, but also some dried paprika powder, herbs, and notes of rye bread. Whiffs of band aids, chalk and lemon peel too, as well as pear skin and tobacco leaves. Somewhat farmy.
    • Taste
      Proper oily stuff with loads of character. Dark and intense. Licorice root, ginger, cracked black peppercorns and pipe tobacco. Slightly salty too, as well as notes of bitter lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Lingering herbs and freshly cut grass.

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    That's very much we love this whisky. Therefore, when given the opportunity to try, I never refuse. Here and today tasting of five positions.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose of lime, Apple, pear. Wormwood bitterness. Some spices, cloves and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is sweet, floral, a little bitter.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The aftertaste is sweet, floral and fruity. With a slight Polish and floral bitterness, as if you chewed the petals of a clove.

  5. Islay1815 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I'm surprised by the high scores, this is way too young. The last version that I know (2007) seems more mature, but also more peaty.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Initially a little cleaning spirit. Mango, grain cookie, vanilla and peat.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Apple, vanilla cookie, schnapps, pepper and smoke.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Peppery grappa. Apple, chestnut, fig and smoke.

  7. AgentMunky scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      55 55
      5.5 // 5

      Strong, fresh, and winey.
    • Taste
      70 70
      6 // 7

      Sharp, malty, and berry-like with a creamy finish. // Much better with water. Sweet, layered, fascinating dessert-like qualities mixed with a touch of sharpness.
    • Finish
      80 80
      8 // 8

      Really beautiful, actually.

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  9. Collegiate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I always find these Islay Barleys to be a nice upgrade on the standard Scottish Barley release. Whereas the SB tends to be more light and acidic, the IB is more rounded and complex. Much more in the way of pepper in this one - enough to fool you into thinking it’s peated. Some lemon and citric. Hay and maltiness to close.

  10. Dagobert scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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


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