Official tasting notes
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 counterbalance apricot and melon. Sweet and enticing; the oak and the outstanding 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, ripe fruit, light peat smoke, and sweet oak show their presence in a whirl of complexity. There is great texture from the spirit and its maturation allows a subtle almond note to combine with coconut, caramel, vanilla, and muscovado sugar. The peat smoke is beautifully balanced. It is a dram that is gentle on the palate yet has a tremendous depth of flavour.
Finish: The finish is once more perfectly balanced. 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.
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2013 Islay Barley Single Malt Whisky 700ml 50%
Eight-year-old heavily peated!
Age: 8 Years Old
Cask type: Bourbon/Wine
Peat level: 40ppm
This Port Charlotte 2013 is part of Bruichladdich’s ‘Islay barley story’, which began with a single farmer in 2004. Their barley initiative has now developed into a rhythm, with an average of 18 different farms growing for the distillery annually. With each harvest, the farming community gains yet more knowledge of what it takes to grow barley in challenging conditions.
The bottling was distilled in 2013 from Islay-grown barley in 2012. A total of seven Islay farms came together to harvest the Concerto barley over a turbulent summer before the spirit was matured in 75% bourbon casks and 25% wine casks from the Pessac-Leognan region of France.
Adam Hannett commenting that…… “There is something magical about how the Islay grown barley holds the smoke back for a moment until releasing it dramatically on the finish”.
Official tasting notes