Port Charlotte 2011 Islay Barley
This peated Islay single malt has been produced at the Bruichladdich distillery. Produced from barley grown at three Islay farms that has been malted on the mainland and distilled on the island. The spirit was aged for the most part in first-fill bourbon barrels and some of the spirit was aged in re-fill Syrah and merlot wine barrels.
It was bottled at a healthy 50% ABV and with fantastic ppm. Expect some brine and black tar notes, citrus oils, white pepper and wood smoke.
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.