Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2013
This superb heavily-peated single malt Scotch whisky was distilled from Islay-grown barley in 2012. A total of seven Islay farms came together to harvest the 2012 crop for Port Charlotte over a tempestuous summer.
Whisky Type : Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Phenol Level: 40 PPM
Vintage/Age: 2013 8 year old
Alcohol Strength : 50% ALC./VOL
- 100% Islay barley from THE 2012 Harvest.
- 7 FARMS – DUNLOSSIT, SUNDERLAND, CRUACH, ROCKSIDE, ISLAND FARM, COULL AND MULINDRY.
- Grain Variety - 100% Concerto Barley
- Parcel of 7 casks matured for 7 yeas in American Whiskey Barrels
- 25% 25% OF the parcel was then aged in first fill Pessac-Leognan French wine casks before being married back together for bottling.
This distillery was built in 1881 by the owners of grain whisky distilleries in Glasgow. This distillery (and the two grain distilleries) were used to supply the market with blended whisky. When the distillery was built, it differentiated itself from other Islay distilleries for its modern design and tall stills which produced a lighter spirit.
The distillery was badly affected by a fire in 1934 and, after it refurbished, it went through many changes of ownership. In 2001 a group of investors acquired it and promptly appointed legendary distiller Jim McEwan as head of distillation.
Under that ownership, the distillery was revitalised and acquired cult status among whisky enthusiasts. Remy Cointreau, the current owners, took over it in 2012.
The spirit produced at the distillery has a distinctive freshness and acidity. This characteristic shines even the most heavily peated expression from the distillery: Octomore.