Bruichladdich 2012 Islay Barley

Overall rating
85.30/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB186140
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Coull, Cruach, Dunlossit, Island, Mulindry, Rockside, Starchmill, Sunderland Farms
Vintage
2012
Bottled
08.12.2020
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
American Oak & French Wine Casks
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L164444 20/269
Barcode
5055807414562
Added on
26 jun 2021 12:00 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 61.99

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich 2012 Islay Barley

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.30 points.

  1. DistiLesha scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    The weakest Islay Barley in my opinion! True, 2013 has not yet tried. :)
    Very thick and oily legs.

    20 19 19 19
    • Nose
      The first thing that catches your nose is bravado! *(
      Further sulfur, pear and apple, bready notes, citrus esters, a little perfume, a noticeable alcohol content and burning spices.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet, citruses, craft history with farming motifs - barnyard, hay, some manure.
      Fruit and perfume also continue on the palate.
      Well tangible alcohol content, youthfulness and, as a result, burning ginger-pepper notes.
    • Finish
      Bitterness of rowan pulp and apple seeds, a little woodiness and licorice

  2. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich is a distillery that stands for a special love of experimentation. The bottlings under the distillery name are unpeated. This bottling was made using only barley grown on Islay. The name and location of the farms are indicated on the label. The whisky has been allowed to mature in American Oak and French wine casks for 8 years, resulting in a straw golden colour.

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    • Nose
      On the nose, the whisky is fruity and fresh, lime zest, ripe apples and pears that are already slightly fermented. Then there is strong vanilla, the fermentation notes turn into wine aromas. A hint of herbal scent hovers over it, some hay and grass and fresh alcohol, but it doesn't sting.
    • Taste
      The whisky is very dry in the mouth. There are hardly any fruit aromas, the vanilla is drowned out by fresh wood notes, cardamom and a hint of nutmeg are added, coconut aromas with a strong proportion of the slightly bitter brown skin between the pulp and the peel.
    • Finish
      Dry wine aromas remain in the mouth with spicy wood and a slight sandal dustiness. Maritime beach aromas also come out at the back.

      It is a dry, woody whisky that develops a strong, tart Islay character even without smoke. You sit on the banks of Loch Indaal below the brewery, the sun is shining, but you still keep your jacket on and the scent of the washbacks wafts across from the distillery. The wind brings the smell of the ripe barley, the flowering herbs above the beach and the washed up pieces of wood and kelp stalks from the wash seam. A perfect Islay whisky that is still young and fresh.

  3. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. geriud scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fresh fruit, pears, honey, maybe a little melon, an apple
    • Taste
      malty, light, pleasant, drinkable, creamy, very fresh and sweet, some pears, apples to finish with a woody accent
    • Finish
      medium, wood, some pepper and caramel

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    N 24
    Refreshing and fruity, grapes
    Mildly citrusy, orange
    Subtle wood spice hiding behind
    Some sea breeze if turning while nosing
    Gets fruitier and more floral when let it breath

    P 25
    Mildly peated, a hint of coal
    Coastal aroma, mildly salty
    Some cut grasses
    Subtle honey, almost like wine gum
    Oak spice developing on the palate

    F 23
    Mid-short dry finish
    Dominated by oak spice with a subtle nutty flavour
    Mild peat and malty barley lingering
    Ethanol burns develop by the edge of the palate, indicating its youngness
    Gets fruitier when let it breath

    S 5
    Mildly peated Islay dram showcasing a fruity & floral possibility. Quite an interesting one.

  9. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  10. Derufus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  12. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. SpringBarley scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very solid young whisky with a fresh palette and mild aftertaste.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Mapl scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  16. whisky_knight scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The maritime, coastal salinity is more prominent in this 2012 Islay Barley compared to the 2010 Bere Barley release I’ve tried previously. The Bere Barley has this really distinct, pleasing cereal quality. The Islay Barley feels more delicate, lighter and there’s more of a coastal aspect to this dram. I’d be glad to buy a bottle of either of these barley types.

    In the end, what Bruichladdich has been doing, showcasing distinct barley types in separate releases is fascinating and really shows off their ethos, what Master Distiller Jim McEwan and the rest of the original Bruichladdich team that revived the distillery in 2001 were going after. For those curious about the distinct taste of different barley, look no further than the Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 and Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 releases. I can’t wait to try their 3rd distinct release, the Bruichladdich The Organic Barley 2010.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Green apples, pears, light, gentle malty, cereal notes. It’s not as distinct as Bruichladdich’s 2010 Bere Barley bottle.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Honey, vanilla, gentle ginger that’s balanced. It doesn’t taste like 50% ABV (100 Proof), this is well-integrated. Nice mouthfeel, medium viscosity, not thin at all. Some oakiness appears towards the end of the mid-palate and onto the finish.

      By the 3rd taste: Dusty dunnage, coastal salinity helps to balance the delicate initial sweetness of this Islay Barley release.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium. Oak bitterness. Ginger warmth. More ocean waves balance the fading caramel, pear, apple notes.

  17. Hlektrion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  18. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful creamy, fruity dram. Pears, apples, peaches, butter biscuits, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, spices and salt.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. yorkieterror scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Light with fresh minerality. Wet granite and trochen Riesling. Fresh lemon and waxed lemon skin. The distillate comes through much stronger than the cask leading with sourdough breads and a malted barley sweetness. A whiff of dried fishing nets gives us a nod to the coast.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Creamy barley, fresh bread dough and honey. Victoria sponge and white pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite savoury and almost vegetal with charred wood and black pepper.

  20. Martin1965 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The latest release in the Islay Barley range is now 8 years old. I’m guessing the 2 year break between the last release and this have allowed an older age statement. It has all the characteristics of a high quality bottling given its relative youth. For my particular taste, I prefer the 2011 vintage but we'll see how it changes over time. Value (£50) : 8/10
    • Nose
      The nose is fruity and distillate driven, as expected. Wonderful floral and big cereal malt notes. Slightly farmyard like but not as much as I found in the 2011 vintage. Bright citrus with lemon spritz and orange pith. Fresh green apples and pears with some tropical kiwi as well. Theres a salted butteriness to this nose as well. Vanilla sugars not as dominant as previous expressions. Then comes a salty sea air. Very good.
    • Taste
      Creamy in mouthfeel. It is definitely very fresh and sweet. Less wine influenced and far more ex-bourbon oak dominant. Honeyed cereal grains with chopped apples and kiwis folded into it. Lemon spritz again with more of a bitter-sour grapefruit note. Salted caramel over a buttery vanilla sponge. Light heat of white pepper and a touch of tobacco from the oak.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, but the mouth coating, oily texture at the end is lovely. Less sweet here, the more spicy oak tannins come through with drying tobacco and more of a black pepper spice. Dark chocolate as well. A lingering salty minerality runs throughout the top of the palate.

  22. Bbk scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Full broadside pear, the 50% alcohol take a back seat.
    Reminded me more of a German Glina, which I was allowed to try shortly before, than an Islay.
    One sample is enough for me.

  23. galg33 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: Quite fresh and citrusy at first, with some orange/ lemon zest as well as a hint of floral/grassy notes, and also some lactic quality you can spot right away (this is a Bruichladdich after all), apple and pear drops add a nice fruity dimension to it as well as toasted coconut and cereals/bread quality as well. Quite a light cand risp profile but rather complex for its age.

    Palate: A nice entry with oak, and a bread-y cereal-y backbone to it with creamy vanilla on top, sweet pastries as well, then the fruit kicks in in the form of pears/apple and maybe a hint of unripe melon and some orange zest as well, very malty, you can almost chew on fresh buns and bread notes. The Lactic qualities are not to be found on the palate (like it or not).

    Finish: Oak and lots of it, some toasted wood, a hint of salt / brine , some vanilla and caramel, and maybe some bitter cocoa powder.

    Conclusion : Very well made, rich and complex enough for its age, with a nice fruity / cerealy profile that’s easy drinking yet well made. Good stuff all in all.

  24. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The perfect starter in this series. Light, tasty and the alcohol is very well integrated. A summer whisky. Especially for the rather young age, only subtle alcoholic notes. I like him.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Light, fruity, pear, vanilla, liquorice, cookie dough, apple, light maritime notes
    • Taste
      87 87
      Licorice, grainy pastry notes, white wine, subtle wood notes, honey, light spice
    • Finish
      86 86
      Relatively short finish, again licorice, pastry, citrus notes

  25. yellowcake scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Hay, light fruits, apples, pears, very floral, but also spicy; very light, dry and not too sweet
    • Taste
      83 83
      you can still feel the youth, grain, dry, reminds me of the Bere Barley, full-bodied
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, now a little fruity and less hay

  26. Bona scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    N: relatively light, slight wine note noticeable, pear, some melon
    M: Alk well integrated. Also here rather fresh. Wine note, grapes, pear, melon, some spicy honey. Then comes the Laddie Muff, earthy and oak.
    A: medium, grapes, some tannin (yes, the wine is there, even if only slightly), tart oak.

    Good solid typical laddie. 2y more would be great, but good to drink

  27. Bona scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    N: relatively light, slight wine note noticeable, pear, some melon
    M: Alk well integrated. Also here rather fresh. Wine note, grapes, pear, melon, some spicy honey. Then comes the Laddie Muff, earthy and oak.
    A: medium, grapes, some tannin (yes, the wine is there, even if only slightly), tart oak.

    I think it's pretty good for 8y. A little more wine cask in the mix would be great, but also so delicious. Definitely tasty, typical young laddie. 2y more would be great or 20 € cheaper.

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