Bruichladdich Islay Barley 5 year old, 50%

Price: $60 Issue: Fall 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Since its reopening eleven years ago this year, Bruichladdich has been growing barley on Islay—a laudable move. This glimpse into the developing program shows what seems initially to be a delicately fragile dram that soon reveals an intense sweet depth behind the spring flowers. This purity of intent continues on the palate with a thick creaminess that's typical of the distillery, while a tart finish adds interest. Precocious, but already beautifully balanced. £38