Bruichladdich: Port Charlotte Islay Barley

Image taken from Brian’s Malt Musings.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.

On the 29th June 2017 I took part in the first of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.

To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our next live tasting is taking place this Thursday (13th) at 8pm and you can follow along with #BlindTasting. In the run up to the second tasting I will be posting my tasting notes for each of the whiskies tried in our first session.

Colour:

Light gold.

Nose:

Peat smoke, sweet. Chocolate, fruit – apples and lemon. A touch of malt as well.

Palate:

Again peat smoke to start followed by chocolate and fruit with apples and lemon citrus. Also some honey and pepper coming through.

Finish:

Nutty, oak and smoke. Leads into a touch of marzipan and fruit – almost tropical now.

Overall:

A really enjoyable dram – but then I love anything from Islay! Although this is smokey it’s by no means overpowering and actually the smoke dies back quickly to reveal the sweeter, fruity notes.

 

Notes:

Tasting notes taken from the The Bruichladdich website.

CHARACTER

The texture is extraordinarily rich with a huge depth of character. The smouldering heat of peat fires pulls you into a whirlpool of islay flavours and aromas but with such finesse that you welcome the storm.

COLOUR

Gilded lily.

NOSE

Opening with assertive waves of peat smoke and Atlantic squall, the olfactory system is on high alert in anticipation of some major sensory excitement. A swell of aromatics flood the senses with notes of iodine, salty canvas, crushed sea shells, charred oak staves, black pepper, paprika and leather tobacco pouches. The second wave brings vanilla, figs and soft plump dates, marinated pear, freshly milled malt, dark sweet toffee and cracked walnuts. It’s smoky. It’s smouldering. It’s sensuous. Just close your eyes and inhale long and deep. This is aromatic awesomeness.

PALATE

Wow! Waves of the sweetest, smoothest, warmest smokiest spirit that you have ever experienced flood onto the palate like the atlantic surf on Saligo Bay. It is potent, focused and the flavours explode brilliantly onto the palate. Full of depth and complexity, the smokey sweetness of the barley contrasts beautifully with the marine freshness of the spirit and the richness of toffee and vanilla. The complexity is enhanced further with a citrus twist and then mellow oak tempers the fire. Once the taste buds adjust to what is happening, they rejoice in the company and pleasure of this young Celt.

FINISH

It’s long and heart-warming, arousing feelings of pride and passion. It brings courage and strength, honesty and faith to your very soul.

MOOD

It cries “freedom”. You are in a good place and you envy no man. You feel alive and ready for whatever lies ahead, knowing that the true spirit of Islay is with you.

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