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Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2009

Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2009

Huge thanks to Bruichladdich for sending me through this fabulous “Wee Laddie” as a competition prize. It’s the 2009 vintage of their “Terroir matters” project, featuring barley grown in 2008 by¬†Gilbie McCormick of Claggan, Hunter Jackson at Cruach, Ian McKerrell of Island and Alastair Torrance from Mulindry. All are farms on the island of Islay. You can’t get more local than that. The idea with these releases is to show the differences you get from factors as small as the…

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Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

First of all, great big thanks to Sean of Dramming UK for the donation of this sample. We did a dram swap but I definitely came off better. This is the 2012 addition to the Bruichladdich core range under it’s peated brand Port Charlotte. This is peated at 40ppm so should be nice and smoky. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Immediately get the smoke of a freshly lit peat fire, but there’s also mango, caramel, roasted pine nuts, vanilla. The…

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Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

This is a real treat. Thanks to @StevePrentice¬†once again for the sample. The last Port Charlotte I tried was the PC9 a good few years ago and I loved it. I’ve read a lot about the work Bruichladdich are doing and it’s intriguing. I’m very pleased to get to try another of their Port Charlotte branded peated expressions. Bottled at 50% ABV. Nose: Smouldering peat fires, but not overpowering. There’s malted milk biscuits and green apples as you go looking….

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