The first release in the Bruichladdich Micro Provenance series is an unpeated whisky distilled in 2010 and matured for 10 years in second-fill ex-Syrah wine barrels. Cask 1898, as it is known, was bottled specially for Singapore and Malaysia, with only 144 bottles available in each country. Each cask in the rare Micro Provenance will vary based on its age, storage location, cask type, and other variables, and will be chosen by Bruichladdich’s head distiller, Adam Hannett.
“At Bruichladdich, we are passionate about experimentation in our casks and in our whisky,” said Hannett. “We are genuinely excited to be able to release some of these individual casks and share their character, flair and attitude with Bruichladdich drinkers.”
Bottled at a cask strength of 59.5% ABV, Bruichladdich Micro Provenance cask 1898 will be priced at S$230 ($172 USD) per 700ml bottle.
A limited edition Bruichladdich Bundle will also be available featuring Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie, Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011, Bruichladdich Organic Barley 2010, Bruichladdich Single Cask 1898, and a complimentary Bruichladdich Glencairn nosing glass for S$588 ($439 USD).
Last month, Bruichladdich released its Islay Barley 2012. The new Scotch was produced using barley grown in 2011 by eight farmers (Coull, Rockside, Sunderland, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach, and Dunlossit) from western and central farms on Islay, which was dried, malted, and distilled in 2012. The unpeated Whisky was matured in a mix of first-fill American whiskey casks (75%) and French wine casks (25%) for a minimum of eight years.
In January, Bruichladdich won a grant to explore the use of alternative non-fossil fuels at its distillery. The Islay distillery’s funding is part of the United Kingdom’s £10 million (US$13.5m) Green Distilleries fund.