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Monday, March 21, 2016

Bruichladdich, Islay Barley 2009, 50 %

Review #261
Bruichladdich have made some expressions with barley from different local Islay sources. In this 2009 expression (bottled in 2015) they have used barley from Claggan, Cruach, Island & Mulindry Farms. The smell is very malty and seems a bit young. Some vanilla and oak notes, but a bot sharp on the nose.

The taste is very coastal with some vanilla, coconut and citrusy notes. Some malt and barley notes as well that goes on into the finish where it mixes with the vanilla sweetness.

Compared to the Islay Barley 2007 there is a huge difference. This seems a bit younger and not as complex. The malt, barley and citrus is very dominant from start to finish. I will rate this 84/100 (20/21/22/21).

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