Port Charlotte Islay single Malt
80 OF US WORK AT OUR DISTILLERY ON ISLAY. #weareislay
BUT TOGETHER, WE ARE A WHISKY REVOLUTION. #weareislay
OUR ISLAY IS A DYNAMIC, ENERGETIC COMMUNITY. #weareislay
WE WILL NOT USE THE BADGE OF ISLAY WITHOUT DUE DILIGENCE. #weareislay
WE INSIST ON PROVENANCE OVER YIELD. #weareislay
80 OF US LIVE AND WORK HERE AT OUR DISTILLERY ON ISLAY. #weareislay
For too long Islay has been exploited by those seeking to trade on the cachet of its name. It’s become a badge to add credibility and value, with increasingly fragile links to the the reality of the island.
Islay has become a flavour profile not a provenance, with distillers importing barley from outside Scotland, then shipping spirit off the island to mature in undisclosed mainland warehouses.
What does it really mean to be an Islay single malt? To us it means commitment to Islay, investment in place and people, it means that everything must happen here, on the island and in the community. The whisky must be a true expression of the land, the culture, the people.
Port Charlotte single malt is the antidote to convenience and market manipulation.
We’re rooted in the culture and community of this island. Of eight distilleries on the island we’re the second smallest, yet we are its largest private employer; eighty of our one hundred strong team are based here. This means something.
From the outset it has been our ambition to create the highest provenance Islay whisky. There are easier places to make whisky. Easier methods and processes. And it’s cheaper to build warehouses on the mainland. But we’re not interested in easy options.
We believe to be called an Islay malt brings with it responsibilities – responsibilities to our community and to future generations here. This is not a mythical land of legend and tradition; our Islay is vibrant, dynamic, young and passionate. To us, Islay is not a label or a marketing equity. It’s our home and it’s at the centre of our decision making.
Port Charlotte single malt is conceived, distilled, matured and bottled only on Islay.
Our Port Charlotte single malts are peated to a heavyweight 40PPM. Trickle distilled through our tall, narrow necked still, the resulting rich and aromatic spirit has all the power of peat with the elegance and finesse for which our stills famous.
All our spirits are matured all their life in our warehouses on the side of Loch Indaal, Islay, gradually responding to the sea air and unique seasonal changes of Scotland’s west coast. Each cask is carefully watched over by our team, before being bottled in our Harvey Hall, using Islay spring water.
Port Charlotte single malt explores the complexities of natural whisky, through barley provenance, cask influence and the passing of time. It is living proof that our values are rooted in provenance, authenticity and transparency.
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We are unashamedly experimental. By no means exhaustive, we hope you enjoy browsing this small selection of our historic Port Charlotte single malt bottlings.