This is one for the whisky geeks among you. Bruichladdich distillery have been releasing a series of Islay Barley whiskies recently, one of which I’ve reviewed before. The concept behind this range is to really understand the terroir of a whisky – that is, how the local environment shapes the particular product that we consume. To do this they’ve been distilling whiskies where the barely is grown on one specific farm on Islay.

In this video, distilling legend Jim McEwan samples the latest release in the series, the 2006 from Dunlossit Farm. It’s absolutely fascinating to hear him discuss the influence of barley and the local elements on whisky production, and it just goes to show what an amazingly subtle and complex drink whisky can be.


I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine, among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories, including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital content. Follow me on or Generally, my tastes lean towards ex-sherry cask and ex-wine cask influences on the spirit, but I'm not so fussed as long as the whisky's gone into good wood.

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