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Port Charlotte, Islay Barley 2013 (700ml)


Bruichladdich Port Charlotte,

Islay Barley 2013

50% ABV


The Islay barley story began with a single farmer in 2004.

Since then, Bruichladdich's local barley initiative has developed into a rhythm, with an average of 18 farms supplying annually.

Every harvest, the farming community gains more knowledge of what it takes to grow in Islay's challenging conditions.

This eight-year-old single malt has matured in ex-American and ex-wine casks hailing from the Pessac-Léognan region of France.

Like previous releases, the 2013 weighs in at 50% ABV and comes non chill filtered.


Tasting Notes

Nose: Delicate floral notes of lily and geranium precede warm orange zest before earthy peat and smoke add body and gravity. Banoffee pie and digestive biscuit emerge from behind the peat smoke, carrying this dram’s malty, fruity character forward.

Taste: The first taste is a wondrous thing. The salinity, fruit, light peat smoke and sweet oak deliver a whirl of complexity, enticing you back for another taste. Time spent resting in carefully selected oak casks delivers subtle almond, coconut, caramel, vanilla and muscovado. The peat smoke in this whisky is as beautifully balanced as ever, weaving delicately through the components to highlight but never overpower. A dram is gentle on the palate yet with a tremendous depth of flavour.

Finish: Smoke, fruit, oak and floral notes melt into each other creating a beautiful creamy texture that allows melon, peach and cherry to come through before dwindling into the dry embers of peat in the hearth.