|Barrogill, Blended Malt (Scotland) |
As reported in ‘Whisky News’ earlier this year, Barrogill is a blended malt, produced by Inver House Distillers, and endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales. A percentage of profits made on sales of Barrogill will go to the North Highlands Initiative, which is designed to support remote communities in the far north of Scotland.
Prince Charles is known to be an admirer of old Pulteney, and as the Pulteney distillery in Wick and Balblair, further south, are owned by Inver House, it seems reasonable to assume that both are represented in this ‘North Highland Blended Malt,’ along with quantities of Clynelish from Brora in Sutherland.
According to Inver House, “This robust, complex whisky balances the various characteristics of the distilleries of the area,” and Barrogill is floral and medium-sweet on the nose, with pear drops, wood smoke, and a lingering note of yeast. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is fruity and spicy on the well-balanced palate, malty and slightly smoky. More smoke and some notes of peat develop in the lengthy finish. An interesting exercise in creating a blended malt from a very specific geographical area, and the result is a solid yet sophisticated and eminently drinkable blended malt. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £19.99, specialist whisky merchants, quite widely available.