Nineteen different farming partners have taken on the challenge of growing malting barley on Islay. What started as an exploration of an island terroir has evolved into supporting a community whose industry has shifted from fishing and farming to distilling.
This 2013 Islay Barley release is distilled from barley grown on seven farms from across our small island. The spirit has been matured in a mix of 75% first fill American and 25% second fill European oak. This specific recipe allows a balance between the oak and barley forward spirit.
Stunning on the nose. The freshness and purity of the spirit are striking. First, citrus and honey notes emerge before stoned fruit, dried apricot, and the perfume of ripe peaches. Next, there are sweet notes of marzipan, yellow flowers and vanilla pods, followed by zephyrs of spice and marine breeze. The oak notes elevate as the vanilla and caramel come to the fore with gentle hints of ginger cake and syrup add to the anticipation of tasting.
The delicate sweetness pairs with a velvet texture on the palate straight away. Sweet, ripe stoned fruit leads into vanilla, caramel and brown sugar notes. This vintage of Islay Barley is bottled at just the right moment to capture the DNA of our island and the whisky we distil on its shores. Add a touch of water and watch as the natural oils react in the glass, releasing outstanding floral notes of hawthorn and heather to add to the complexity and depth of this remarkable Ileach.
The finish is a testament to the quality of distillation. The expression of that marine tang with the sweet citrus and honeyed oaked notes tells the story of our whisky and where it comes from. Natural whisky with no chill filtration means you will experience as long and gentle a finish as you ever thought possible.
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