Unlike its two predecessors, the 2012 edition of the Bere Barley doesn't need to wait to be "there" right away. Right from the start intense plum, rhubarb and strawberry notes come through, spring flowers, freshly baked bread. Makes an exceptionally clean impression without losing character. Fresh yeast dough, very light touch of fresh herbs.
Here it hits the same note as last year's 2011 edition: Soft and creamy in the first two or three seconds on the tongue, then immediately crisp with malt, vanilla and cereal. Oatmeal biscuit with a dollop of quince jelly, apricot and peach puree. Fills the entire mouth, not just sticking to the tongue.
Subtle spice and fresh oak wood in the further course.
Medium to long finish, it also has this in common with its last two predecessors. Always amazed how this is possible with a comparatively young whisky. Although the woody dryness already emerging on the tongue continues to spread, it still manages to boast a small remnant of its initial creaminess and shine.