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Our Port Charlotte Islay Barley expressions are a direct embodiment of everything an Islay whisky can and should be. Not only is it conceived, distilled, matured and bottled on the island, but the barley harvest for this 2013 vintage was also raised on our home shores in 2012 by seven of our Islay farming partners. Hunter Jackson at Cruach, Ian McKerrell at Island farm, Raymond Fletcher at Dunlossit estate, Donald and Andrew Jones at Coull, Mark French at Rockside, Alastair Torrance at Mulindry and Raymond Stewart at Sunderland undertook the risk of growing in challenging conditions to deliver the barley for this Scotch whisky with unparalleled provenance. This eight-year-old single malt has matured in ex-American and ex-wine casks hailing from the Pessac-Léognan region of France.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
We are a community committed to our island and to our radical principles of whisky making. This Islay single malt is an expression with elegance and finesse, it is a unique whisky no one else could have made. We crafted it the only way we know how. The hard way, by hand, nose and eye on ancient, stubborn equipment. With passion and respect. With soul.
We believe in barley, in its origins and its provenance. to us, barley is the essence of single malt whisky, a living expression of the land that nurtured it. To us, it is no mere commodity. 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.
ISLAY SINGLE MALT
40 PARTS PER MILLION
100% ISLAY CONCERTO BARLEY
• A PARCEL OF CASKS MATURED FOR 7 YEARS IN EX-AMERICAN WHISKEY BARRELS.
• 25% OF THE PARCEL WAS THEN ACE’D IN FIRST FILL PESSAC-LÉOGNAN FRENCH WINE CASKS BEFORE BEING MARRIED BACK TOGETHER FOR BOTTLING.
2013 – 8 AGED YEARS
BOTTLED ONSITE WITH ISLAY SPRING WATER, NON CHILL FILTERED & COLOURING FREE
PALE GORSE FLOWERS
RED BERRY FRUITS, TOASTED OAK NOTES WITH HINTS OF COFFEE & CHOCOLATE AND A DRAMATIC SMOKY FINISH.
• HUNTER JACKSON – CRUACH FARM
• IAN MCKERREL – ISLAND FARM
• RAYMOND FLETCHER – DUNLOSSIT ESTATE
• DONALD & ANDREW JONES – COULL FARM
• MARK FRENCH – ROCKSIDE FARM
• ALASTAIR TORRANCE – MULINDRY FARM
• RAYMOND STEWART – SUNDERLAND FARM
We are a community committed to our island and our radical principles of whisky-making. This Islay single malt is an expression with elegance and finesse; it is a unique whisky no one else could have made.
We crafted it the only way we know-how. The hard way, by hand, nose and eye on ancient, stubborn equipment. With passion and respect. With soul.
We believe in barley, in its origins and its provenance. To us, barley is the essence of single malt whisky, a living expression of the land that nurtured it. To us, it is no mere commodity.
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 an Islay single malt had been made exclusively from 100% Islay grown grain.
BOTTLED ONSITE WITH ISLAY SPRING WATER, NON-CHILL FILTERED & COLOURING FREE
REDBERRY FRUITS, TOASTED OAK NOTES WITH HINTS OF COFFEE & CHOCOLATE AND A DRAMATIC SMOKY FINISH.
Heavily peated Islay single malt range
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It started with our friend ‘Demolition Dave’ helping Duncan McGillivray and his gang to demolish the old Inverleven distillery – buying up all the old equipment for scrap and loading it onto barges on the Clyde. All so Duncan had some spares to keep Bruichladdich running in the days of No Money.
As this odd flotilla was being towed round the Mull of Kintyre and up to Islay, Laddie MD Mark Reynier received an email from the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in the USA who had been monitoring distillery webcams on the grounds that our processes could have been ‘tweaked’ to produce the dreaded WMD. ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’.
Never one to allow the opportunity for a good story to pass him by, or to get his beloved distillery in the news, Reynier embellished the tale, which soon grew to involve spies and the CIA and visits by weapons inspectors. All of which made great headline-grabbing copy in the febrile media atmosphere then prevailing around WMD.
One of the stills from Inverleven was dutifully set up outside the old Victorian buildings, and became an iconic sight, with a pair of Duncan’s old wellie boots sticking out of the top to represent those weapons inspectors searching for dangerous chemicals deep in its copper bottomed interior.
A special bottling was commissioned (of course) and dubbed the ‘Whisky of Mass Distinction’ (geddit?) and much hilarity ensued. At least among the Laddies, the rest of the whisky industry having long since given up on the noisily irreverent rebels.
Things were about to get even more eccentric because, shortly afterwards, Islay fisherman John Baker was heading home to Port Ellen when he spotted something awash in the sea off the bow of his boat. Being a resourceful man, he attached a rope to said object and towed it into the pier where Gordon Currie lifted it out of the water. It proved to be a very beautiful yellow submarine.
Very conveniently, the yellow vessel had ‘Ministry of Defence’ and a telephone number stencilled on it, which was of course immediately called. What happened next was to become the stuff of legend. He was connected to the Royal Navy. “I have found your yellow submarine” said John. “We haven’t lost a yellow submarine” said the Navy. Which was an odd response as the evidence to the contrary was overwhelming.
John and Gordon then loaded the submarine onto a lorry and took it to a secret location in Port Ellen (actually fellow fisherman Harold Hastie’s back garden). The local newspaper was called, then the nationals, and the following day the red-tops were full of pictures of the two friends astride the lethal-looking machine, carrying fishing rods, and asking: “Has anybody lost a yellow submarine?”
Hilarious… unless you were the Royal Navy – who did eventually admit to it being theirs. HMS Blyth, the minesweeper that lost it, eventually came to pick it up, slipping into the pier at dawn to winch it aboard. By that time, Bruichladdich had (of course) commissioned another bottling, WMD2: The Yellow Submarine, and a box of lovely liquid was graciously offered, and accepted by the captain as a goodwill gesture.