Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012

Port
Charlotte
Islay Barley
2012

Temporarily out of stock

Temporarily out of stock

This high provenance, heavily-peated 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 us before, in Hunter Jackson, Ian Torrance, Ian MacKerrel, Raymond Fletcher, Mark French, Alistair Torrance, Raymond Stewart with father and son team Donald and Andrew Jones. Our community’s commitment to Islay is embodied here, where local barley is raised, distilled, matured and bottled only on Islay.

Our Port Charlotte whiskies take their name from the 18th century fishing village two miles from the distillery. With two pubs and a school, it is a nexus for our community, the point where the roads of the Rhinns meet.


Our Port Charlotte whiskies take their name from the 18th century fishing village two miles from the distillery. With two pubs and a school, it is a nexus for our community, the point where the roads of the Rhinns meet.


Port
Charlotte
Islay Barley
2012

Tasting Notes


Nose – 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 dipped
in 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.

Character – Wonderfully balanced to show the fruity style of the spirit on the nose and the delicate influence of the cask on the palate. The peat smoke weaves its way gently through the whisky highlighting the softer sweeter notes. This 2012 vintage has a freshness and balance that tells the story of the place to which it belongs.

Four varieties of barley were used, ‘OXBRIDGE, PUBLICAN, PROPINO & CONCERTO.’


PRODUCT SPECIFICATION


WHISKY TYPE:
HEAVILY PEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

PHENOL LEVEL:
40 PARTS PER MILLION

VINTAGE/AGE:
2012

ALCOHOL STRENGTH:
50% alc./vol

BARLEY PROVENANCE:

  • 100% ISLAY BARLEY FROM THE 2011 HARVEST.
  • 8 FARMS – DUNLOSSIT, SUNDERLAND, CRUACH, STARCHMILL, ROCKSIDE, ISLAND FARM, COULL AND MULINDRY.
  • 4 BARLEY VARIETIES – OXBRIDGE, PUBLICAN, PROPINO, CONCERTO.

MATURATION PROFILE:

  • 75% FIRST FILL BOURBON
  • 25% SECOND FILL WINE CASKS

These proportions were used previously in the profile for the 2011 vintage, with Adam commenting “It adds to my belief that these proportions bring the best from the spirit at this age. It allows the spirit to do the talking rather than the oak.”

BOTTLING:
Bottled on Islay, using Islay Spring water, without the use of caramel colouring or chill-filtration.

growing season:
There was a dry warm spell for planting in the second half of April. Squalls in July and August. September into October for harvest was wet.

“THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS FIND THEY BELONG AND WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF OUR BAND OF BROTHERS.”

– Adam Hannett

This Port Charlotte 2012 is part of our Islay barley story, which began with a single farmer in 2004. Our barley initiative has now developed into a rhythm, with an average of 18 different farms growing for us annually. With each harvest, our farming community gains yet more knowledge of what it takes to grow in these challenging conditions.

Each edition of Islay barley released from our warehouses, is a testament to our care and attention paid to the provenance of our products. We will never scour the globe for the cheapest grain, with the highest yield. To us, barley is the essence of single malt whisky, a living expression of the locality and the personalities that nurtured it.

In 2004, backing our drive for the ultimate “Islay” Islay single malt, farmer Raymond Stewart grew barley for us at Kentraw, just a mile from the distillery. His harvest was then malted and distilled separately – we believe the first time ever an Islay single malt had been made exclusively from 100% Islay grown grain.

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