The 2012 vintage heavily peated Port Charlotte expression from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery.
Distilled from barley exclusively grown on Islay, the 2012 replaces the 2011 again in the new all-black bottles for the range.
The barley was peared to 40ppm and sourced from eight different farms Dunlossit, Sunderland, Cruach, Starchmill, Rockside, Island Farm, Coull and Mulindry.
Across the farms the barley strains used are Oxbridge, Publican, Propino and Concerto.
Nose: Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dipped
in chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley.
Palate: On the lips it’s soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay.
Finish: The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away.
- Single Malt