Bruichladdich 2011

Overall rating
85.86/100
votes
66
Whiskybase ID
WB189935
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bere Barley
Vintage
2011
Bottled
21.06.2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st fill Bourbon Casks Jim Beam, Jack Daniels
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Barley Provenance Series
Bottle code
L164920 21/176 2021/06/21
Barcode
5055807414944
Added on
16 aug 2021 10:35 pm by Jabax
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 70.58

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich 2011

25 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.86 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bruichladdich used to not be my thing, but the master class tasting at Fèis Ìle 2021 was my initial spark to rediscover the distillery. The Bere Barley sample that came with the Fèis Ìle tasting blew me away, as did the Bere Barley 2010 that I ordered later during the tasting. This Bere Barley 2011 goes one better and I'm absolutely amazed at how easily this whisky hits the 90-point mark.
    • Nose
      Like its predecessor, the 2011 edition of the Bere Barley appears reserved at first glance. But this restraint hides a variety of aromas that can be sensed right from the start. This is not a nose that pushes the aromas into your nostrils, rather it wants to be explored and penetrated. Pure and clear, with plum jam, rhubarb compote, vanilla, honey, a meadow full of spring flowers. The longer you smell it, the more intensely the aromatic tableau spreads out in front of you: fresh yeast dough, marzipan, café au lait. Again, no sign of the presence of the old laddie rag.
    • Taste
      So soft and creamy and at the same time so crunchy...cereals, malt, vanilla, honey, marzipan and yeast dough. While no special spicy aromas could be identified on the nose, a very pleasant spiciness spreads in the mouth, which harmonizes very nicely with the other aromas. Apricots, peaches, quince jelly.
    • Finish
      Here, too, parallels can be drawn with the predecessor: the finish is surprisingly long for such a comparatively young whisky. Everything that was found in the nose and on the palate romps until the end, when it exits with a pleasantly dry spiciness.

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  3. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. martinseco scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is my laddie of the year 2021. The first Bere Barley bottled at 10 years old. Great variety of aromas with cereal-malty many floral notes, plus vanilla, fruit and honey. What more do you want?
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    citrus, vanilla, hay, iodine, candy floss, white wine, quite sweet, quite ok

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    It's a strange mix of musty damp notes and artificial candy sweet - won't become my favorite
    • Nose
      82 82
      Citrusy, vanilla, some cooked vegetables, wet hay, tobacco, hints of toasted bread, white wine, honeydew, spices, some herbs, old dusty carpet
    • Taste
      79 79
      Fruity, citric, honey, good sweetness, candy, bubble gum, syrup, spices, pepper, oak wood, little bit artifical
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium long, warm, fruity, candy, honey, spices, herbs

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Malty, citric, a bit grassy, hay, wet fur, maritime, mineral, plaster. Medium body, delayed attack, successful intensity, aroma combination somewhat inharmonious, lacking depth.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An intensely pure product in which a very clever choice has been made to increase the impact of the grain. The Bere Barley gets the spotlight and the Bruichladdich spirit is perfect for it. So expect a wide range of malt influences on nose, tongue and finish. It's a bit too dry for me, I miss the acidity of the white wine barrels used in the Islay Barley bottlings. The product fully lives up to its promise, but then there is also taste. This is less my thing.

  9. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very original bottling with a great drinking strength, which leaves nothing to be desired despite its youth.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very independent nose with nicely integrated alcohol that tingles slightly in the nose. Vanilla, green tea, dried hay, lemon zest, persipan, tart plum jam, honeydew, apple blossoms.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Wonderfully powerful start without appearing sharp. Slightly oily body. Vanilla, caramel, pepper, mate tea, lime, quince bread, straw, juniper, forest floor, oak spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mid-length finish. Cane sugar, mate tea, espresso, oak, pear and plum brandy.

  11. notesofmalt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011-2021, 10 years, 50% alc. Original bottling. Expansion: Bourbon and Tennessee casks (Jim Beam & Jack Daniels)

    Nose: Sour, but not unpleasant, but the nose still has to get used to it. I smell yeast dough and fresh rolls, plus young lemons and gooseberries, sour natural yoghurt, some rhubarb. The sweetness is slowly showing, especially aromatic blossom honey with a light herbal note. There is a little shell limestone in the background.

    Palate: Intensely aromatic, limes, grapefruit and yeast dough, walnut bread and Mirabelle plums. In addition, a fairly decent herbal mixture with thyme, marjoram, sage and a touch of mint. After that, the Bruichladdich Bere Barley gains in flavor, cayenne pepper and sea salt appear.

    Finish: Long and salty, lots of mixed pepper and some ginger, a gentle hint of lemon ice tea.

    Conclusion: Really complex laddie, who is a lot of fun. 88/100 points (2022)

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  12. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a really unique whisky. Leafy, earthy and floral with a fruit undertone. Mud, dough, light chocolate, biscuits, English Breakfast tea, marzipan, dried apricot, peach. Add water and subtle tropical fruits emerge. Pineapple, dried mango, banana. Then some cooking spices - think Indian masalas. Finally, some salt and a lingering, dry, woody finish. What a layered, delightful dram. One of those rare ones though that I thought was better neat. The more water you add, the more the banana starts to dominate on the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. Lcluy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Cipidos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  15. TechnOBY scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Cardboard-like maltiness. Apple juice, yellow raisin, lemon and biscuit.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Apple, biscuit, cardboard, coriander and smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Vanilla biscuit, pastry even. Still some apple.

  17. MaroFF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      walnuts, sweet, peat, citrus, small spring onions, green apple, lime, varnish, oak
    • Taste
      88 88
      cream, chocolate, fruit, liquor, banana, vanilla, baking notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, sweet, delicate, chocolate tip with a hint of cherry

  18. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Orkney Barley, my favorite distillery, 90 points from Angus, and tasting notes exactly to my liking. I had to get this. I think it is quite expensive for a 10 year old whisky that is no SC and not in full cask strength but if it is good, it does not matter. And yes, this is delicious.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Alcohol is hardly noticeable and this is a classic bourbon matured Bruichladdich nose that I learned to love. Porridge with pears and green apples immediately fill my nose. This is followed by a little bit of sour milk, vanilla, bananas, pineapples, melons, peaches. You get it. There is also some sour dough, that accompanies the breakfast porridge and a slight cheese notes that I get quite often with Bruichladdich. All the way at the back there is a slight salty seabreeze and some mineralic notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Super smooth and a very classic malty and barley taste fills my mouth immediately, there is some slight salt which is perfectly integrated and immediately replaced by pears, peaches and apples and the aforemented tropical fruits. The saltyness and the porridge intervene and then move towards a dry saltyness combined with some sourdough.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long. Wood spicyness pushes a bit forward here and it is very salty and mineralic. There is some baked bread here as well, so I would call this a Salt Pretzel with salted butter on it. There are some citrus cests and even more salt, almost like oyster water. I get some waxy sweet and honey notes here and the spicyness after a while moves to almost a chili/pepper spicyness.

  19. SpringBarley scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    from being very closed down and hard to pin down, this malt improved significantly with air in the bottle over the last 2 months.
    if you can get your hands on this, be fast!

  20. Derufus scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. GlasMost scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I just cracked a bottle open this evening and I am enjoying my 3rd dram of it within the past 90 min. This is a silent malt.
    Considering it needed oxygen, I gave it some time.
    Still restrained but for its pure bourbon cask style -unpeated, no sherry, no finish - a real winner. Sourdough, sweet malt, minelality, lemoncurd, salty with some well balanced tannins in the finish. Anything but boring. I've had quite some different 7-10 yo Laddies: 8,10, 15, Rocks, Waves, Links, Classic, Islay barley, earlier Bere Barleys... this tops them all.
    Hope there is still more to discover within the next weeks being exposed to more air. I will update my rating. So far a solid 88.

  23. Forrest did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich 10 yo 2011/2021 'Bere Barley' (50%, OB, bourbon)

    Colour : white wine.

    Nose: really the definition of modern barley eau de vie. A highly specific and I think truly excellent style. Intensely focussed on sourdough breads, scone mix, saison beers, crystallised lemon rinds, poire williams, tiny medicinal touches such as lanolin, pollen-heavy white flowers, chalk and sunflower oil. I really find this extremely charming and superb quality. With water: becomes broader, and quite a bit waxier, more white flowers, pollens and stone fruits. Almost begins to resemble some rather naked modern Springbank with these waxy and medicinal vibes.

    Mouth : natural and highly charismatic malt whisky! Rye breads, sourdough starter, herbal ointments, olive oil, sandalwood, wee briny saline notes, citrus peels, pink grapefruit and mixed dried herbs. A style that incorporates both old school and modern aspects in one profile, which is smart and brilliant I think. With water: wonderfully taut, mineral, precise and yet also becoming more complex and incorporating more of these various bready, beery, waxy, citric, floral and coastal qualities. The texture is also superbly oily and mouth-filling: engages every part of the palate.

    Finish : long, taut, salty, light citrus acidity, mineral salts, olive oil, wax and white pepper.

    Comments : ingredients + process + patience = brilliant whisky. I've waxed lyrical about these batches before, so I will simply say I think this is totally terrific, fun, pleasurable, very high quality whisky that people should endeavour to try, and take note of. I love how these batches seem to be developing a waxy quality as they age. I just checked, and at £75 a bottle, in my view this is bang for your buck. Oh, and one final thing, will the people who say barley varieties make no difference please go away and shut up. Thank you.

    SGP: 562 - 90 points. Whiskyfun.com by Angus (6 novembre 2021)

  24. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011 easily lives up to my expectations.
    • Nose
      There's this wonderful farmy quality with lots of grains, accompanied by orris root and bandaids. But also melted butter, peaches and whiffs of beeswax. Then sweet porridge, pot ale and yellow cake. Such a singular distillate.
    • Taste
      Spot on again. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily. There's an incredibly malty backbone that supports fruity flavours. Think of apricots and orange marmalade. The medicinal side that so surprised me in the previous edition is here again, but also some sweetness like honey and gentle oak spices.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and rye bread with a tinge of aniseed. Medium in length.

  25. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An Islay Malt with Barley from Orkney without smoke - but 10 years old? That is definitely something special. Bere Barley is a specialty of the Orkney Islands in the far north, but is not used by the distilleries there. Arran once had a Bere Barley, but this difficult-to-grow grain is only used regularly by Bruichladdich. There was once a conversation with Bere Barley from Islay - but now they are using harvests from Orkney again. Two of my favorite islands in one bottle: this is going to be interesting.

    In the aroma comes cereals with yeast, dough notes and sour fruits. The whisky is fresh, alcohol is not noticeable, despite the 50% vol. and after 10 years there is still no wood to be felt. The 1st fill Bourbon Casks only left a slight vanilla, in addition to that there are grassy-green notes and some yellow tan leaves with earth. Above everything lies a sweet note of light, not quite ripe mirabelle plums. After a while the aromas become tart, now the oak comes along and the vanilla develops stronger.

    Mirabelle and Reneklode are present with the first sip, with vanilla and wood not added until the second sip. At the age of 10, this Bere Barley has a much more mature aroma than some of its predecessors, which were more grainy and yeasty. There are also fruity notes of plums and vanilla pudding in the taste, which slightly dampens and captures the acidity of the plums. There are also the grassy-earthy notes, which are not in the foreground.

    The wood remains with a slight bitterness, especially in the finish, but is still fresh and unused overall. The aftertaste is rather medium-long and not persistent and lasting.

    The original grain from the far north gives this whisky a special aspect, an earthiness and grainy freshness. But there are always low clouds with rain and damp earth, which go well with Isdlay and Orkney. Without direct comparison, this Bere Barley is rounder and more mature than previous versions.

  26. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

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