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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2013 Single Malt Whisky

SKU 53ec398c4878 Categories Whiskey, Spirits Tags Single Malt Whisky, islay barley

$81.99

Size
750ml, bottle

This single malt whisky is a celebration of Islay, made with barley grown on the island itself. Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2013 offers a distinct Islay character, showcasing the influence of the local terroir.

Description

Nose

Peat smoke and iodine: Classic Islay signature, coming from the Islay-grown barley that’s been kilned with peat smoke.

Seaweed and briny notes: Hints of the Islay coast, with a touch of salinity.

Vanilla and caramel: Sweetness from the maturation in ex-bourbon casks, offering a pleasant contrast to the smokiness.

Subtle hints: Look for lighter notes like citrus (orange zest), honey, or even floral elements (geranium) depending on the reviewer’s experience.

Palate

Malty sweetness: The barley character shines through, with a grainy or biscuity quality.

Peat smoke: The smokiness takes center stage on the palate, but not overpowering. Imagine a campfire smoke with a touch of medicinal or earthy character.

Fruity notes: Hints of orchard fruits like apple, pear, or even tropical fruits like mango (depending on the reviewer’s perception).

Sea salt: A subtle salinity that complements the smokiness and adds complexity.

Finish

Long and warming: The flavors linger on the tongue for a pleasant amount of time.

Lingering smoke and peat: The signature Islay characteristics leave a lasting impression.

Hints of oak: A touch of dryness or spice from the cask maturation might be present.

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Single Malt

abv

50%

Country

Scotland

Brand

Bruichladdich

Size

750ml, bottle

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Tasting Notes

Nose

Nose

The nose opens with delicate floral notes of lily and geranium before warm orange zest and dried earthy peat smoke brings body and gravity. Banoffee pie and digestive biscuit come out from behind the peat smoke and carry forward this dram's malty, fruity character. Cherry coconut and malted barley jostle with apricot and melon. The nose is so enticing; the sweetness of the oak and the outstanding rubbery, peppery phenolic notes are balanced perfectly with the fruit and floral style of our slow, careful fermentation and distillation.

Palate

Palate

The first taste is a wondrous thing; all at once, the salinity, the fruit, the light peat smoke, and the sweet oak show their presence in a whirl of complexity and entice you in to go again. There is great texture from the spirit, and its time resting in carefully selected oak allows a subtle almond note to combine with coconut, caramel, vanilla, and muscovado sugar. The peat smoke in this whisky is as beautifully balanced as ever, weaving through the components, highlighting them but not dominating. A dram that is gentle on the palate yet has a tremendous depth of flavour.

Finish

Finish

The finish again shows the balance we are looking for. The smoke, fruit, oak and floral notes melt into each other, and a beautiful creamy texture allows melon, peach and cherry to come through before dwindling into the dry embers of peat in the hearth.

Character

Character

Islay grown barley brings so much complexity to the character in this whisky. The peat smoke in this Port Charlotte is, as ever, beautifully evocative of that traditional Islay style. Purity from the distillation and complexity of maturation brings all the components together with harmony and balance.