Port Charlotte Islay Barley

Port
Charlotte
Islay
Barley

The wind-driven rain that lashes Islay’s fields, and the Atlantic air breathed by the casks as they mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, gives Port Charlotte Islay Barley its signature salty, citrus tang. Harvested in September 2008 from the farms at Coull, Kynagarry, Island, Rockside, Starchmill & Sunderland, peated to 40 PPM, then distilled in December of the same year, this is a whisky of flawless provenance. A true Ileach.

Rockside
Farm
Islay


Port
Charlotte
Islay Barley
2008

Tasting Notes


Character – Absolutely flawless construction and balance. Young, confident, zesty and absolutely delightful, the texture is smooth, succulent and stimulating.

Colour – Gilded lily.

Nose – Totally disarming considering the age of the spirit. It opens with bracken and bluebells, then the warm crisp peat-dried barley with the smokiness drifting sensuously from the glass shadowed by a salt sea breeze. The brilliant aroma of toasted oak sugars combines with the succulent soft fruits from slow distillation. You will find guava, papaya and kiwi with a squeeze of lemon. It’s feisty, it’s fresh, it’s smoky, sweet, minty and marine

Palate – The warmth of the spirit is impressive, not aggressive. It’s incredible. You have the dryness of the peat smoke together with soft fruits splashed with sea spray, all held in a crunchy basket of caramelised wood sugars sprinkled with lemon and pepper. It is a rare and special experience to taste a spirit that is 100% Islay, but also shining through is the artisanal skill of our distillers who, using the original Victorian equipment, are creating the most exciting single malts in the world today.

Finish – Parting from a special one is never easy, especially when you have enjoyed their company, lingering with every drop in the glass. Kick back and relax – the aromatics and flavours will stay with you for some time.

Mood – Enjoy your spiritual visit to Islay, this magical rock in the Atlantic Ocean where our single malts sleep to the sound of the sea.

The whitewashed village of Port Charlotte clings to the shoreline two miles south of Bruichladdich.

The whitewashed village of Port Charlotte clings to the shoreline two miles south of Bruichladdich.

The grain for this first Port Charlotte in the uber-provenance Islay Barley series was all harvested in 2007.


This is Island Farm by Loch Indaal.

The spirit for Port Charlotte Islay Barley was derived from the harvests of six Islay farms, including Sunderland.


The spirit for Port Charlotte Islay Barley was derived from the harvests of six Islay farms, including Sunderland.


Our relationship with Islay’s farmers is central to everything we do.


This is Andrew Jones of Coull.

Two varieties of barley were used, ‘Oxbridge’, and ‘Optic’

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