Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Review

This is a NAS expression from Bruichladdich which was distilled using Bere barley grown on Orkney and bottled at 50% ABV.

Nose: Clean, dominant barley grain notes come through – I imagine this is what fresh milled Bere barley would smell like. Freshly sawn oak with melted butter and a bit of a putty note.

Palate: Very grain forward here as well taking on a lot of new make notes with some varnish, vegetal, and funky oak. I’d venture to guess this is quite young based on the palate.

Finish: The new make notes really leave a weird/unpleasant taste here for me with vinegar, artificial sweetener aftertaste, and some more varnish.

Rating: 70/100 – Reminds me to a degree of the Glenmorangie Tusail in that the grain being so dominant leads to some weird off-putting notes coming through.

Value for the money: It looks like these retail around $65 on EU sites, and I would not pay that for a bottle (especially considering adding in shipping from EU).

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