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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013


We leave the Islay south shore for the next 2 reviews and head across the waters of Lochindaal to Bruichladdich Distillery.

Now, Bruichladdich was - as previously mentioned on this blog, sold to Remy Cointreau in the summer of 2012 with a promise from the Remy conglomerate not to change much of daily life at Bruichladdich Distillery - and hopefully they won't... It's the single largest workplace on Islay, mainly due to its bottling hall and along with the rest of the jobs there, it could make a significant impact on the local island economy if e.g. jobs were cut or moved off the island. Now, I've not read or heard anything pointing in that direction, so fingers crossed it does not happen...

Time to head onto the review this time which is a Port Charlotte from the SMWS, distillery code 127- making it a relative new distillery to be bottled by the SMWS - the first being back in 2010 (please correct me if I'm wrong).

Now, the original Lochindaal Distillery closed in 1929 and since then Bruichladdich has tried to keep its legacy alive by distillery spirits different from the standard Bruichladdich. They've even had plans to start up the Lochindaal as their 2nd distillery and calling it Port Charlotte in the village of the same name, but this project seems to have been scrapped.

Not so long ago, I reviewed a Lochindaal from Bruichladdich here which is their 50ppm spirit.
Port Charlotte is 40ppm, so slightly less peated - at least on paper - taste wise compared to the Lochindaal spirit its much more aggressive than the only Lochindaal I've tried so far.

They're truly progressive at Bruichladdich - they have dogs driving their trucks! May 2011 © The Malt Desk

Port Charlotte 2002 127.21 (21.06.2002/xx.xx.2012) 9yo, 'Not for wuzzes' 65,9%, refill ex-bourbon barrel, 222 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is straw

Charcoal and peat fires, orange marmelade, oregano, citrus, shellfish, vanilla, ginger and old cigar box.

Smooth on salt, peat and all things seashore on arrival, the high abv% only showing at the back of the mouth. Creamy, lemony and more smoke and peat, finishing on salmon smokehouse and heavy malt.

A lovely Port Charlotte from a what must have been a pretty active refill cask!


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