About Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2013
Inspired by an entrepreneurial flair and a youthful enthusiasm, the Harvey brothers began construction of the Bruichladdich (pronounced brook-laddie or broo-lah-dee) Distillery in 1881. The brothers were descendants of a dynastic whisky family — their ancestors had already owned distilleries in Scotland for over a century. Today, Bruichladdich Distillery (Bruichladdich means "rocky shore" in ancient Gaelic) remains situated on the shores of Loch Indaal on the island of Islay, and continues to use much of the original equipment installed by the Harvey brothers to craft a range of single malt whiskies that are trickle distilled, matured, and bottled on Islay.
The modern Bruichladdich Distillery is known as the most experimental and adventurous of the Scottish distilleries, implementing revolutionary, modern interpretations of time-honored ideas and challenging the comfortable conventions of a whisky establishment. Rejecting the onset of modern automation and homogenization, Bruichladdich's Head Distiller, Adam Hannett, only considers production methods that place the quality of liquid above everything else.
Distilled in 2013 and bottled in 2021, this Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley was distilled with barley from 7 Islay farmers: Hunter Jackson at Cruach, Ian Mckerrell as Island Farm, Raymond Fletcher at Dunlossit Estate, Donald and Andrew Jones at Coull, Mark French at Rockside, Alastair Torrance at Mulindry, and Raymond Stewart at Sunderland. The whisky was matured in ex-American whiskey barrels for 7 years. 25% of the whisky was then transferred into first-fill Pessac-Leognan French wine casks. The whiskies were finally married together into this 8-year-old, 100-proof expression. Peated and complex (due to what the Islay barley brings to the table), it's a traditional Islay dram, filled with character.
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