Port Charlotte Scottish Barley is made from 100% Scottish-grown barley, peated to 40ppm which is then trickle distilled and combined with pure Islay spring water prior to bottling. An elegant, floral and peaty whisky.
Bruichladdich Distillery (pronounced bruukh-LAD-ee) is a small distillery on the island of Islay (pronounced EYE-lah) in Scotland that makes outstanding whisky and gin. They have three core whisky brands: unpeated (called Bruichladdich), heavily peated (Port Charlotte), and super heavily peated (Octomore). Plus special releases and gin (The Botanist).
Nose: Smoke, clove, graham crackers, brown sugar, iodine, salt, tobacco. At first, this smells like a common Islay malt, but after further focus, the tone is a bit more mainland than island. The nose is sweet and malty with the peat not being overpowering.
Palate: Smoke, creamy, cookies, marsh-mellows, vanilla, oak. Very delicious. The flavour reminds me of making S’mores on an open campfire. I really enjoy the combination of crackers and smoke.
Finish: The sweetness fades to salty and finally briny.
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Port Charlotte
Quote 1 “Really good single malt for being a young whisky. Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte are only going to get better as the distillery is able to age their range. Slainte!”
Quote 2 “Pineapple and antiseptic on the nose. Oily and fragrant, floral on the palate. The finish is fiery, fierce and fairly long with cigar box and tar in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, if unbalanced, nor overly peaty.”
Quote 3 “Legs slow to run, viscous, rich in barley oil. Not too unlike Ardbeg 10, but not as smokey or citrusy. Also similarities with Ledaig 10. Peat reek is fairly strong, unmistakenly Heavily peated. High ppm comparable to Lagavulin imo. Malty and fruity. Ash from cask or feints quite strong on the nose. Cereal, Leather and mushroom, phenols, popcorn, rubber, inside of a teapot, all from the feints in the spirit. Slight vanilla and caramel, but not a lot of wood spice from lignins or lactone from the cask, suggesting a second or third refill American White Oak. Palate salty as expected from an ISLAY, distinctly oily, mouth-filling, cinnamon ginger and nutmeg detectable in the palate and finish, which is medium to long. A good alternative to Ardbeg, but not as fruity, as Ardbeg has very short foreshots only 10 mins. Guaiacols rather than medicinal or antiseptic Cresols suggest a lower combustion temperature of the peat.”
Do you have a different opinion? Add your own thoughts on the Reviews Section.