Port Charlotte 10 & Islay Barley 2011!

Port Charlotte 10

Last week Bruichladdich announced the relaunch of their Port Charlotte brand. They have been kind to send us some more detailed information about these upcoming releases.

If you are like us, still looking at the new amazing looking bottle design for the upcoming relaunch of Port Charlotte, you are probably interested in knowing more about these releases. So here we go!

 

Port Charlotte 10
Whisky type: Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Phenol Level: 40 PPM

Age: 10 years old
ABV: 50%

Barley Provenance: 100% Scottish Barley from Invernesshire region

Maturation profile: 65% 1st Fill American Whiskey Casks, 10% 2nd Fill American Whisky Casks, and 25% 2nd Fill French Wine Casks

Bottling: Bottled onsite with Islay spring water, non chill filtered & colouring free

Liquid colour: Primrose to citrine

Taste notes by Adam Hannet (Head Distiller):

Nose: The smoke is calmed by the marine, ozone character, time has brought a balance, a harmony in the combination of oak, smoke and spirit. While the smoke is always discernible on the nose it is dry, earthy, peat- ash in its style and so allows the oak to come forward with waves of golden caramel, fudge, vanilla custard, hints of ginger, nutmeg and clove. There is citrus fruit, coaxed from the glass with a drop of water, gentle lemon meringue and clementine. breathe deeply and the floral aromas of wild thyme, heather and sea pink bring you to this atlantic coast.

Palate: On the palate there is a noticeable delicacy and softness in texture and style. Again, the balance of flavour is superb as thes moke wraps loosely around the sweetness drawn from deep within the oak. coconut, vanilla custard, lemon honey combines with smoked oysters and sun baked salty sand.

Finish: The finish is sublime, smoky sure, but also the soft sweetness of fudge and malted barley, orange, mango and banoffee pie hinting of the depth and quality of the oak. the many layers interchange on each sip. As the smoke comes and goes so too the notes of the spirit, ripe apple and apricot, beautifully intertwined with malt and oak sweetness and that typical port charlotte style dry smoke.

Character: Ageing for 10 years on the shores of Lochindaal has had a profound effect on this spirit. Like sunshine on a winters day, this port charlotte 10 brings clarity and lightens the mood, welcoming and brightening the future.

 

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011
Whisky type: Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Phenol Level: 40 PPM

Vintage: 2011
ABV: 50%

Barley Provenance: 100% Islay Barley from Dubnlossit, Kilchiaran, Sunderland Farm. Oxbridge and Publican varietal.

Maturation profile: 75% 1st Fill American Whiskey Casks, and 25% 2nd Fill Wine (Syrah, Merlot) casks

Bottling: Bottled onsite with Islay spring water, non chill filtered & colouring free

Liquid colour: Soft warm sand

Taste notes by Adam Hannet (Head Distiller):

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. The combinations of aromas intertwine and jostle for attention. Some time to open allows notes of lemon drizzle cake, white chocolate and peach yoghurt 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.

Character: The sweet/smoke combination is the defining theme on the palate. A dram for summer nights. Driftwood bonfires, the sand between your toes and some good company.

 

 

 

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