A closer look at the new permanent Port Charlotte release that comes in a whole new style of packaging from the Bruichladdich distillery. Let’s sum up what the information out there can tells me about this expression and the Port Charlotte Single Malts range…
- Made out of 100% Scottish barley from Invernesshire region
- Phenol level of 40ppm
- Age – 10 years
- Bottled at a strength of 50%
- Maturation profile: 65% 1st fill American whiskey casks; 10% 2nd fill American whiskey casks; 25% 2nd fill French wine casks
- Non chill filtered
- No colouring added
- Released in May 2018
- Presented in a new bespoke opaque green glass bottle with prominent embossing on the backside and a heavy closure, matching the packaging more to the content in the bottle
- Distilled and bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery
- Spirit matured in the original stone warehouses in Port Charlotte, 2 miles away from Bruichladdich, next to Loch Indaal where the ruins of the Lochindaal Distillery can be found that was in operation between 1829 and 1929. The Port Charlotte Single Malts range represents the ongoing exploration of Bruichladdich Distillery into the peat fired distillery that was once there.
The nose is sweet, warm and fruity. Fresh notes of citrus and ginger mixing through soft smoke flavours together with warm vanilla pudding, fresh raspberries, strawberries, dried cranberries, fudge, some elderflower syrup and heather honey. Beneath that all there is a earthy, spicy and almost salty layer of flavours mixing perfectly with the fresh citrus, different flower notes and maybe also some dried apple notes.
Sipping this whisky slowly I notice that it is a balanced and full dram with a good amount of different flavours to reveal to me. The longer I sit with it, the more it looks to be showing me… love it. There are, next to the flavours found on the nose, also some more tropical notes coming forward of different dried and fresh fruits, mixing through that sweet smoke making it a mixture of coconut, honey, vanilla and fruits flavours. A decent length on the finish with an almost liquorice note in the end together with candied ginger and some spices. Thanks Bruichladdich for sharing a bottle of this new permanent release! A lovely dram!