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by Bruichladdich in using older barley types that whisky used to be made with that produced a lower yield so were superceded by barley strains that were more profitable.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.