A Wee Dram of Organic Whisky

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If you’re partial to a wee dram of whisky, and like to stick to products that have been made in ways that are kind to our planet, there are now a number of great bottles to choose from.

BRUICHLADDICH, THE ORGANIC SCOTTISH BARLEY

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 12.45.58Hebridean distillers Bruichladdich say this whisky, made with 100 per cent Scottish organic barley, is the creamiest they’ve ever tasted. Through its production, the company is “rediscovering ancient synergies between distiller, farmer and soil”. Since it is made in American oak casks the whisky has a toffee sweetness, although it opens with hints of almond and lemon. The sweetness is balanced by crisp malted barley, and the spirit has an intense, fresh finish.

DÀ MHÌLE ORGANIC 20-YEAR- OLD “LOST & FOUND” SPRINGBANK

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 12.50.32For an ultra-exclusive selection, try Welsh distiller Dà Mhìle’s 20-year- old single cask bottling of its original Springbank; only 87 bottles have been made. Dà Mhìle claims to have made ‘the first organic whisky of the modern era’ with the Springbank in 1992, and this particular drop earned its name after the bottlers found an extra 60 litres of the Springbank which had previously mysteriously disappeared. Dà Mhìle matured it for a further five years and “Lost & Found” was born.

BENROMACH ORGANIC

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 12.49.36Every step of this classy single malt scotch whisky’s production is certified organic. The whisky is created in the Benromach distillery by the coast at the top of Speyside, and is made using virgin American oak casks which impart a golden brown colour to the spirit. The first sip brings a sweet and malty hit, which gives way to vanilla, banana and toffee notes. When diluted with a splash of water, deeper flavours of coffee and cocoa also emerge.

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