Bruichladdich® Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011

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      Bruichladdich® Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011 - Main
      Bruichladdich® Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011

      Beyond the Label

      Bruichladdich believes in barley, in its origins and its provenance. Barley is the essence of single malt whisky, a living expression of the land that nurtured it. Many other distillers source it from global markets at the best price – a mere commodity. In 2004, backing our drive for the ultimate “Islay” Islay single malt, farmer Raymond Stewart grew barley for us at Kntraw Farm, just a mile from the distillery. His harvest was then malted and distilled separately – we believe the first time ever an Islay single malt had been made exclusively from 100% Islay grown grain.

      Today, the heavily peated malt for this new dram has been created from harvests brought home from three Islay farms, by Raymond and his farming colleagues Neil McLellan and Raymond Fletcher. The resulting rich, aromatic Port Charlotte wash was trickle distilled in our Victorian stillhouse during 2011. Moving forward we now have 17 farmers who have made the commitment to grow for us and to whom we are equally committed. We are one of only two distilleries on Islay to use locally grown barley. This commitment to our farming partners has become an important additional revenue stream to the local agricultural community and is a meaningful exploration of our Islay terroir. This Islay barley is who we are. This is where we’re from.

      Barley Provenance:
      • 100% Islay barley
      • Grown by Dunlossit, Kilchiaran, & Sunderland farms
      • Oxbridge and Publican varietal

      Maturation profile:
      • 75% 1st fill American whiskey casks
      • 25% 2nd fill wine (Syrah, Merlot) casks

      Bottling:
      • Bottled onsite with Islay spring water, non-chill filtered & coloring free

      California Residents:Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING

      Product Details

      Product Type Whiskey
      Style Single Malt
      Country Scotland

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      Beyond the Label

      Bruichladdich believes in barley, in its origins and its provenance. Barley is the essence of single malt whisky, a living expression of the land that nurtured it. Many other distillers source it from global markets at the best price – a mere commodity. In 2004, backing our drive for the ultimate “Islay” Islay single malt, farmer Raymond Stewart grew barley for us at Kntraw Farm, just a mile from the distillery. His harvest was then malted and distilled separately – we believe the first time ever an Islay single malt had been made exclusively from 100% Islay grown grain.

      Today, the heavily peated malt for this new dram has been created from harvests brought home from three Islay farms, by Raymond and his farming colleagues Neil McLellan and Raymond Fletcher. The resulting rich, aromatic Port Charlotte wash was trickle distilled in our Victorian stillhouse during 2011. Moving forward we now have 17 farmers who have made the commitment to grow for us and to whom we are equally committed. We are one of only two distilleries on Islay to use locally grown barley. This commitment to our farming partners has become an important additional revenue stream to the local agricultural community and is a meaningful exploration of our Islay terroir. This Islay barley is who we are. This is where we’re from.

      Barley Provenance:
      • 100% Islay barley
      • Grown by Dunlossit, Kilchiaran, & Sunderland farms
      • Oxbridge and Publican varietal

      Maturation profile:
      • 75% 1st fill American whiskey casks
      • 25% 2nd fill wine (Syrah, Merlot) casks

      Bottling:
      • Bottled onsite with Islay spring water, non-chill filtered & coloring free

      California Residents:Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING

      Product Details

      Product Type Whiskey
      Style Single Malt
      Country Scotland

      Scent and Flavor

      NOSE

      A whirlwind of vibrant aromas burst from the glass, an earthy tarred peat smoke announces this is Port Charlotte. Lemon, peach and green grapes come from the spirit. Vanilla pods, creamed coconut and chocolate speak of the American oak maturation. Some time to open allows notes of lemon drizzle cake, white chocolate and peach yogurt to rise wrapped in a velvet blanket of light smoke.

      PALATE

      Hints of salt reinforce the coastal feel. Dry smoke, salted caramel and apple sauce. Then lemon drops, boiled sweets and ground white pepper. The smoke is light on the palate, tar and charcoal rather than medicinal phenols. Towards the finish and the light gentle spirit has an edge of floral sea breeze, marine and refreshing. The sweetness of the oak and the barley are matched beautifully by the dry peat smoke. Islay grown, the barley seems more distinct and brings through the peach and apple typical of our spirit.

      FINISH

      Tar and brine, peat smoke and salt, coconut and tobacco. Close your eyes and the smoke takes you to an Islay beach with a driftwood bonfire.