Port Charlotte is a perennial favorite, progressively rising in age as the years go by. However, following the concept of terrior, Bruichladdich has limited releases of their popular whiskies in a “local edition”, like the Octomore Islay Barley I reviewed here.
This expression was part of the Bruichladdich tasting on the trade day at The Whisky Show, led by Joanne Brown (@job_islay). The PC Islay Barley is made from barley grown on six farms on Islay, was distilled in 2008 (so it’s a 6 year old) and was matured in both American and European oak casks.
Port Charlotte Islay Barley (50% ABV, NCF NC)
Appearance: Straw colored, slow legs.
Nose: Mineral peat (somewhat Ardbeg-gy in style), smoke, burnt matches, a blazing wood fire, vanilla, lots of cereal/barley and sliced bread.
Palate: Sweet and light mouth feel, sweet peat, porridge, barley sugar. When you chew a few times, Tropicana orange juice comes out.
Linger: Long, peat and minerals with notes of sweet citrus.
This is a very good expression of the (very good) Port Charlotte line. Fresh, mineral and nicely layered, with lots of peat to satisfy any monster lover!