Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt was distilled from Islay-grown barley in 2012. A total of eight Islay farms came together to harvest the 2011 crop for Port Charlotte over a tempestuous summer. Each farmer had worked with the distillery before, embodying Bruichladdichs's commitment to the Islay community, where local barley is raised, distilled, matured and bottled only on Islay.
The whiskey is an elegeant example of peat with finesse, with 40PPM of peat, and was distilled using 100% Scottish Barley. The whiskey was matured in 75% first fill Bourbon casks and 25% second fill wine casks., then bottled at 50% ABV
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Tasting Notes:
Aroma - Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dippedin chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley.
Palate - On the lips it's soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay.
Finish - The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away.