Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2013 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, 2013 -vintage Port Charlotte was distilled entirely from grain grown on the island. The barley was harvested from seven farms in 2012.
This eight-year-old single malt has matured in ex-American and ex-wine casks from the Pessac-Léognan region of France.
Nose – The nose opens with delicate floral notes of lily and geranium before warm orange zest and dried earthy peat smoke brings body and gravity. Banoffee pie and digestive biscuit come out from behind the peat smoke and carry forward this dram’s malty, fruity character. Cherry coconut and malted barley jostle with apricot and melon. The nose is so enticing; the sweetness of the oak and the outstanding rubbery, peppery phenolic notes are balanced perfectly with the fruit and floral style of our slow, careful fermentation and distillation.
Palate – The first taste is a wondrous thing; all at once, the salinity, the fruit, the light peat smoke, and the sweet oak show their presence in a whirl of complexity and entice you in to go again. There is great texture from the spirit, and its time resting in carefully selected oak allows a subtle almond note to combine with coconut, caramel, vanilla, and muscovado sugar. The peat smoke in this whisky is as beautifully balanced as ever, weaving through the components, highlighting them but not dominating. A dram that is gentle on the palate yet has a tremendous depth of flavour.
Finish – The finish again shows the balance we are looking for. The smoke, fruit, oak and floral notes melt into each other, and a beautiful creamy texture allows melon, peach and cherry to come through before dwindling into the dry embers of peat in the hearth.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Bruichladdich.