Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Malt Scotch
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The whisky Bruichladdich distills from the organic barley of Mid Coul reflects the complex natural flavors of the landscape. Just as their stillmen refuse to abandon the traditional crafts of distillation in favor of automation or industrialisation, so farmer William Rose rejects the use of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilisers. Crop rotation is key. The barley must take its turn in a seven year farm cycle that also produces organic cattle, sheep, oats, beans, grass, carrots, market gardening and a megawatt of green electricity. Respecting the land, the soil and the climate nourishes a genuine and thorough understanding of terroir and the results are pure Bruichladdich.
Sweet pear drops, vanilla fudge, chocolate and marzipan initially. No aggression here at all just well-integrated flavors and a round gentle texture. The oak and malt notes complement each other so well overlapping each other with toasted rye bread, buttery popcorn and fresh oak, vanilla fudge and smooth caramel merging. The organic barley seems to give more fruit from the distillation and a more viscous texture which is a joy to the olfactory senses. Sweet citrus, lemon drops, come through well on the finish and a slight char from the oak gives depth. The finish feels more marine, a little briny alongside the oak and malt which works beautifully.