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Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010

Sour Oranges

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WReview by @Wierdo

20th Oct 2020


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The Bere Barley releases are an experimentation by Bruichladdich in using older barley types that whisky used to be made with that produced a lower yield so were superceded by barley strains that were more profitable. The whisky is 8 years old.

Bottle has been open about 2 months and is around a quarter full. Can be drunk neat. But best with a little water. Definitely needs to sit in the glass a while before you start sipping.

Nose Oranges, cereal, barley sugar, white wine.


Thin mouthfeel. Quite a short arrival with a grain note. Some white wine vinegar. More cereal and oranges.


Sour barley sugars, oranges, some cereal. Quite drying.


Quite long with more grain sourness and dry oak.


A different one for sure. Feels quite old fashioned. Not gimmicky in the sense that they've not tried to spice it up with a wine cask finish or something else. Experimentation with different barley types by distilleries should be encouraged. This is pleasant enough but just seems a little lacking somehow. Never really takes off.

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BlueNote commented

@Wierdo I’m not good at articulating flavours and why it is that I like or dislike a whisky, but I think you have this one pegged right on. I have the same 2010 bottling and it has been open since early July. I agree with you that this kind of experimentation is a good thing, but for me this one has been a disappointment. I found both the nose and the palate quite odd right from the first taste, and that hasn’t changed after more than half the bottle is gone. I have not been adding any water, but next time I pop the cork on this baby I’ll try it with a few drops and hope for an improvement.

Thanks for the review, you pretty much confirmed what I have been thinking about this ‘Laddie.

12 months ago 3Who liked this?

Wierdo commented

@BlueNote It was one of the hardest reviews I've done. I really struggled to describe the flavours in it. Nothing particularly jumps out at you. Like you I was a little disappointed with it.

12 months ago 1Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@Wierdo I'm trying it with a little water right now. It's better and I'm trying to like it, but it's definitely not one I would buy again. The same amount of money gets the PC 10 which I really like.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

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