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).