Bruichladdich explores effect of terroir on whisky with Islay Barley Series

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Earlier this week, Bruichladdich released the latest in its Islay Barley Series, this one from Dunlossit Farm, producing what the Islay distiller describes as “a single malt whose provenance and traceability is as unparalleled as the origin is unique”.

The series of malts is a showcase of single malts made exclusively on Islay, from barley to barrel to bottle. In the mid nineteenth century, 4000 acres of malting barley were grown on Islay, but this dropped to zero due to the number of islanders who lost their lives in The Great War.

Bruichladdich, working alongside local farmers, hope to reverse this trend as well as well as return some of the sense of place (or ‘terroir’ as French wineries call it) to the production of single malt.

The Chalice barley used in the creation of the whisky was sown in a part of the island known as the ‘headland of the the gallows’. The barley was harvested in September 2006 and distilled, unpeated, eight weeks later.

Non chill-filltered, and colouring-free, Bruichladdich’s Islay Barley Series “Dunlossit” was bottled at 50 per cent ABV and retails at around £38.

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