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Bruichladdich 2010

Overall rating
85.23/100
votes
199
Whiskybase ID
WB136500
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bere Barley
Vintage
2010
Bottled
02/3.04.2019
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
American oak casks
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L163170 or 165142 19/071
Barcode
5055807411813
Added on
07 aug 2019 9:18 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 83.89

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2010

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.23 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Big on the orris root, but with a quick hit of sourdough, and quite farmy overall, with a lot of grains. Sweet porridge notes. A touch of earl grey, honey, and peaches, as well as golden syrup. There's just a whiff of eucalyptus also. High complexity.
    • Taste
      Wow! Just, what is this? Great viscocity. More orris root, but also very fruity with peach and apricots. And then there's something slightly medicinal, which really throws me for a loop. A light minerality too, followed by a touch of chocolate.
    • Finish
      All of the above. Medium in length.

  2. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 is possibly the most difficult whisky I have had to score to date. On the one hand the breadth and complexity of flavours for an eight year old whisky is remarkable, on the other hand, I just don't find it especially tasty. Perhaps the best analogy is that this whisky is like a course at a Michelin starred restaurant, sure it is very high quality and you know the chef put in a lot of effort making it, but if you are very honest, you would probably rather eat a burger and chips. This is whisky that you feel you should be wearing a lab coat to drink and analyse rather than one to sit back and enjoy. The nose is a curious mix of flavours, like drinking concentrated apple juice inside a sheep farm after eating this very distinct watery-flavoured root, which I am not sure the name of, but has a similar sensation as celery. It also has this peculiar sense of "green-ness", which I cannot explain but it is true. This greenness is even more pronounced on the palate, which accompanies more apples and a good dose of charred oak. The texture is also distinct, with a tongue numbing quality like star anise or clove. The finish lingers with a mix of atypical spices. I understand why others have scored this whisky well, but at the end of the day this was relatively expensive whisky that could not justify its premium.

  3. chlinatele did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich 8 yo 2010/2019 ‘Bere Barley’ (50%, OB, ex-bourbon American oak)
    Distilled entirely from a 2009 batch of Bere barley grown on Orkney. Bere is an ancient, six-row varietal of barley that has been cultivated in Scotland since at least the 8th century. It’s notoriously difficult to work with in distilleries compared to more contemporary varietals, generally leading to porridge-like mashes and far lower yields. However, results at Arran and Bruichladdich so far suggest it makes a pretty characterful whisky... Colour: straw. Nose: quite a profound divergence from the previous two. This is going up another level again in terms of texture and fattiness. There’s also more green fruits - gooseberry, apple, green banana - and more sweetness in the form of honey and golden syrup. Wee touches of camphor, mint tea, eucalyptus, hessian, dusty malt bins and yellow flowers. I really love this profile - big, generous, complex and sinewy. With water: oily, sooty, esters, citrus pith, lightly carbolic, sheep wool, earth and increasingly coastal with things like sandalwood and seashells. Mouth: that’s the thing about Bere - it’s just so different. There are aspects here which nod towards world whiskies such as this really punchy, bready spiciness like pumpernickel. But there’s other aspects too. Coal dust, hessian, olive oil, grass, nutmeg, lime pith, waxed canvas and various scattered mineral qualities. I find it both highly entertaining and pleasurable. With water: pah! Superb complexity. Oily, estery fruits, autolytic, spicy, camphor and farmhouse cider with some more canvas, gorse and saline minerals. Finish: long, lemony, salty, slightly waxy and mineral. Comments: Who was it that said barley varieties don’t make a difference...?
    SGP: 662 - 90 points!

  4. yfalkov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An unusual Laddie, shows a great difference between local barley and commonly used types. Interesting to compare with Organic Barley and Classic Laddie.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very thin and complex, grassy, rye bread, green apple, vanilla, cereal, herbal
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fresh but quite intense and fat, grains, grass, honey, some earthiness
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, salty, spicy, mineral

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Tasted at a Bruichladdich Master Class.
    A very nice unpeated Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cereal, with a very crisp freshness.
      Fruity, apples, citrus.
      Some vanilla and a hint of coconut.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Again very crisp, clean.
      Sweet barley sugar, caramel.
      Chocolate, muted fruits, apples and oranges.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite bold.
      Chocolate and spicy notes fading in a medium lenght.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As part of the masterclass tasting for Fèis Ìle 2021, there were samples from the warehouse for tasting, including a Bere Barley bottling. I haven't had it in the glass before, but the sample convinced me so much that I ordered this Bere Barley 2010 during the tasting. And although it "only" comes out of the bottle with the standard 50% compared to the large-barrel sample, I don't even taste that far away from the warehouse sample from the master class.
    I have neglected Bruichladdich a bit in the last few years, because the old bottlings were too expensive for me and the young bottlings - well, too young, but with this Bere Barley 2010 I got really interested in dealing with Bruichladdich again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very fine and "pure" nose. At first it looks as if it doesn't give much, but boredom never arises, on the contrary. There is freshly baked bread, vanilla, honey, there are spring flowers. A meadow of wild herbs, marzipan, milk chocolate. No sign of the old Laddie cleaning rag.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, crunchy and creamy with vanilla, honey, marzipan and yeast dough. A very pleasant spice spreads in the mouth, which turns into a nice dryness after a while. On the tongue, too, he has this purity and clarity from his nose. The freshly baked bread comes, here enriched with a little sesame and pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Clearly medium length, dry and spicy. For an 8yo, the finish is quite nice, which speaks for the barrels and the type of barley used.

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    [Quick festival note] The hype is quite huge on this one ... and I beg to differ. It's very interesting and very unique, granted, but this isn't 90-points material or anything close I'm afraid. I really didn't get the fruitiness that some seem to rave about. The rest of the profile is very interesting and worth trying, but I wouldn't recommend buying a bottle blind.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vegetal and earthy, there's a "dirty potato" edge to this and actually some very light ... peat, even though there isn't supposed to be any. You feel there's something "different", it's not your everyday dram. Mirabelles, a bit overdone. Frangipane, calisson d'Aix. Very atypical and interesting but not "wow" stuff.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The alcohol is quite soft but the profile is a bit muted here, though showcasing some real complexity. Earthy again, with a peculiar impression of light smokiness. Butter, clotted cream. The youth feels quite a bit.
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Daan2 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Kruidig en zoet met licht aardse tonen. Kamille, andere kruiden, honing en vanille. Bijzonder. Ik moet dit nog even verwerken. Soort kamillethee meets suikerspin.

  9. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Shmirns scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    I wanted to like this whisky but I couldn't. It's spiky and reeks of paint thinner and sickness. The first whisky in a long time that I had to spit out into the sink. Sorry.

  15. bankimate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. og187 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    sweet sweet isla
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet fruity, apple grain, baked goods are very clearly heard
    • Taste
      86 86
      fatty, creamy, cereal, sweet, bitterness of bread crust
    • Finish
      87 87
      bright, baked buns, so Easter in your mouth

  18. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  19. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Peach, strawberry, glue, some sour vomit? Oak, chiles, pepper and unripe pineapple. As the bottle oxidized the weirdness went away and left more citrus and a bit of funk and cardboard, glue and oak, and some nice unripe peaches and unripe cantaloupe. With water the fruit ripens - nectarines, gooseberries and ground cherries, vanilla, white pepper, some camphor.
    • Taste
      85 85
      malty, thick, oak, sweet guava liqueur, vanilla, a bit of powder candy, developing with water to be a bit fruitier, a bit sweeter, still the nice thickness of mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oily, thick, a bit of acidity, guava and oak, it mellow a bit with more vanilla with water.

  20. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bang for your buck

  21. GWMingus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Need to spend some time with this.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock Odessa-2021, fast testing is another matter, there is an interesting aroma and body but without sparks or paints, it could be a good regular
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. sarthur71 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    spices, salt, anchovies 21-22-22-21

  25. whisky_knight scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Bruichladdich’s Bere Barley 2010 bottle is a fascinating look at what the distllery is doing using a heritage variety of barley that really wasn’t used any more. They work with many farms around Islay and Scotland in general, and for this bottle, they proudly list the farms from the Orkney Islands that helped produce the Bere Barley for this release. I appreciate that this release celebrates a type of barley and displays its character, not masked by heavy wine or fortified wine cask finishes. It’s a pleasing, refreshing dram that I’d be glad to revisit time and again.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet cereal, standout, rich maltiness (Bere Barley?) that is different from the Classic Laddie, more pronounced, lush, and full here, sultana, delicate stone fruit sweetness (but not like sherry).
    • Taste
      83 83
      Nice thick, oily texture. Vanilla, honey sweetness, apricots, peach, ABV is even better integrated here than on the Classic Laddie. Light ginger, there’s a entrancing cereal maltiness that I’ve never tasted before. I’m guessing this is the Bere Barley.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-long. I liked the finish more than on the Classic Laddie. It’s rather soft and pleasing, some ginger, vanilla, honey, light fruits, maybe apricot. Also that same interesting malty note (Bere Barley?) on the finish as well.

  26. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, banana, malt sweetness, grassy, grain, light maritime notes, in the background cowshed, tobacco
    • Taste
      86 86
      Musty cowshed, malt sweetness, banana, fresh oak, grain, salty, tanine from the oak tingle a bit on the tongue
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweetness with tobacco seasoning fades slowly, overall medium long

  30. Joint86 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Funny whisky with farm motives: hay, cattle, wildflowers. Brookladi's release is interesting for broadening one's horizons, but not the best
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Odinson scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice single malt, quite complex and different from a typical profile. Although it’s just 8 yo, the youthfulness is totally absent here. The difference is clearly defined by a barley sort and this experiment (if we can call it that) is totally successful.
    • Nose
      Fruity (apples, unripe bananas), tad buttery, some vegetable oil (refined corn oil?), malty, slightly dusty, dark caramel, a bit of sour dough, some herbal notes, light chalky minerality, bitterish oaky nuances. Water highlights oiliness and damp moss feeling.
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet, punchy, with some hot peppers like chili, bready, malty, light minerality, oatmeal, eastery notes
    • Finish
      Rather long, slightly astringent, horseradish, malt, bread, salty and mineral

  34. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Just excellent.⁣

    Score: 88/100⁣
    • Nose
      Tons of honey, bit of mint and oregano, explosive fruitiness - apples, oranges, lemon. Lots of minerality. Wet pebbles, seashells with plenty of coastal elements, faint dirty sootiness and farmyard on the back end. ⁣
    • Taste
      Oily, viscous, wonderful mouthfeel. Surprisingly very fruity with notes of apples and peaches coming through as it coats your tongue. Slight minerality and coastal salinity along with dried herbs and a bit of peppery spice. You also notice some subtle sooty and medicinal characteristics on the palate which was entirely unexpected. ⁣
    • Finish
      Olive oil, salt, lemon peel with a squeeze of juice, and slightly sooty characteristics that carry all the way through from nose to finish.⁣

  35. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    By nose I thought I'd be more into this than Bere Barley 2008, but the more time I spent with the two, the more 2008 beckoned to me.

    Tasted with 5 other Bruichladdich: Bere Barley 2008 (84 pts.), LaddieMP4 11yo (83), Elements of Islay Br5 (84), 12yo 2004 "A Dream of Scotland (82), and 13yo cask 5016 by Maltman (85).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      The nose appears bolder than 2008, with a deeper leather note, but otherwise the same lemony citrus, salty sea air ambience. It feels less dry and acidic as well. Stable hay that's been in the sea, and an old wardrobe smell I wouldn't associate with such a young whisky. Some nettless and maybe rhubarb stems. Smoked fish, and faint gherkins. Water brings sweetness in the form of cream taffy, some almond soap, and a bit of chamois leather.
    • Taste
      A bit too farmy on the attack for me. Soiled hay comes to mind first, then smoked fish, salt, sweet citrus. Better on the nose by far. Water kills the farm, but also makes it nondescript, as if the farm was too integral to the experience. Feels more bourbon-y than the 2008, as if a salty Jack Daniels. Some vegetal bits as well.
    • Finish
      Long on sweet citrus, but also faintly tinny. With water it's too quiet for me.

  38. Pie3k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  39. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Light fruits (pear, apple, ..) and a nice grain note run through the whole whisky. There is also a bit of dark chocolate in the mouth, which ends in a medium-long, creamy finish
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/malt-n-copper-christmas-2019/

    Serge: ‘Bere gives you a yield that’s less than the half of that of classic barley‘ [WF].

    N: Citrus-y and grassy with many different grasses in various states. I also find it coppery at times with light nondescript fruits.

    T: Tastes like it smells with pears, bananas and a hint of smoke. More grassiness on the palate leads to a dry mouthfeel. What I’m missing is an expected waxiness I remember from previous Bere Barley releases such as the 2006 vintage [WB86[92]/WF90]. 

    F: A touch butyric, resinous and short overall. The rest rings true.

    C: This reminds me of the very acceptable-yet-forgettable [bourbon cask-matured btw], 18yo Glenfarclas [WB]. ‘Disappointing’ was the consensus on the night from many of us who remember and lament previous Bere Barely releases.

  41. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This time there is something spicy about the barley, almost seasoned. And the lemon is very present, but candied lemon, citrus, it gives on blood orange, with spices, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom. The earth is in the background, with the typical cereal profile of the distillery, but it comes out on the palate, almost astringent, mineral, barely attenuated by some white fruits, then spices rise, and it is a rather robust finish, fertilizer, coal, dust.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/bruichladdich-2010-bere-barley-8-yo.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Mellow Gold

    Nose: Candied fruit, sweet syrups, barley. So far, it has the hallmarks of younger Bruichladdich that hasn't been treated with intense sherry or wine. You can tell it's going to be a big experience on the palate just from this nose. With more time in the glass, the really overtly sweet notes start to recede a bit and maybe a bit of citrus (sourness) asserts itself.

    Taste: The 50% strength is a virtue here, like it is in a lot of the Laddie bottlings. There's no real heat present, and the mouthfeel is slightly thicker than average, but not much. Just like the nose, the palate is big on fruit, but once you get beyond the initial burst of flavor, it's the grain elements that really start to stand out. What's more, they're not just simple, easy breads. These are strongly-flavored grains. Indeed, it starts working towards bitter notes, which is kind of amazing considering where the nose and palate started. Complex development, to say the least. Water strips off some of the sweeter notes, making it more like a mixture of rich cereals and olive oil.

    Finish: Cooling, minty.

    Comments: This checks a lot of boxes for me and likely many other enthusiasts. Much like Springbank, Bruichladdich just does so much "right" overall that it's hard not to be slightly biased towards each expression both by overall reputation and general affection for the brand. That's doubly so here, because the idea of experimenting with barley varieties and seeing the effect on the quality of the whisky is extremely timely given the homogenization that so much of scotch whisky has fallen prey to over the past generation. Going to the actual merits of the whisky, this also holds a lot of appeal for me. I have a real love for big whiskies that don't rely upon peat or sherry. Although some of the notes, e.g., fresh fruit forward, may belie it, this is actually quite a big whisky. Loads of character. When you also factor in age and price, this is a huge recommend.

  43. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  44. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A funky mixture. Pickles and orchard fruits, minerals and also salty nuts. Probably not one for everyone. Full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/10/24/bruichladdich-im-original/

  45. galg33 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    he first of which is the Bere Barley 2010 – this edition was distilled from Bere Barley, which used to be more popular in the day, but not currently as it’s a low-yield barley strain as opposed to more modern barley strains. Bere barley is one of the most interesting grains still cultivated in the modern day. The antecedents of Bere reach back to the dawn of Scottish agriculture, around 4,500 years ago. The Bere Barley used for this whisky was grown in four farms on Orkney ( Weyland & Watersfield, Richmond Villa, Quoyberstane and Northfield), and was aged entirely in ex-bourbon American oak casks.

    Nose: Quite a lot of cereals on the first whiff, with a nice oaty note, and some fresh dough. The fruit comes immediately after with pear drops, apple peel and more orchard fruit (mainly peaches, and apricots), there’s also a light waxy note which I quite like. It’s also vegetal and creamy at times with vanilla, and is undoubtedly bruichladdich with this funk I can’t quite describe.

    Palate: Sweet and creamy with vanilla and youthful notes of apples / pear , then some more of the orchard fruit (peach), lemon and also a nice woody note, with bitter sweet chocolate / cocoa combination , and some wood spice / tannins. Powerful palate indeed.

    Finish : Apple , pear vanilla and wood spices, and quite a lot of freshly ground pepper, a nice interplay of sweet and bitter coffee grounds.

  46. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    20 19 20 20 79

    young and spiritually ... sad
    (I don’t pour water, not my method, I appreciate whisky exactly as it was made for us)

  47. face scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  48. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Especially nosing this one with your eyes closed will teleport you to a distillery(tour), with this barley dust and later on malty 'distillery odour'. Enjoyable for sure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Modest, sweet and some fruits. Also some 'barley dust', like moving your hand through of bowl of barley.
      Pear, and malty, like walking close alongside a distillery.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty strong now, pepper, sweet, malty, a little bitter note underneath. Then some honey, thick structure, caramel as well.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still some pepper, sweet, caramel, honey. Middle long.

  49. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  50. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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