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Port Charlotte PMC:01 2013 Pomerol Cask Islay Single Malt Whisky, 54.5%

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This 2013 vintage is the first time that Port Charlotte spirit has matured in Pomerol casks. Pomerol is home to some of the finest and most sought-after red wines in the world and is the smallest of all the major Bordeaux wine appellations. The versatile Port Charlotte spirit has been profoundly influenced by the flavour of the oak, with notes of black berry, plum and aged leather.

Specification

BARLEY PROVENANCE:  Scottish Concerto barley
MALTING:  Heavily Peated
DISTILLATION:  Distilled in 2013
AGE:  9 Aged Years
MATURATION PROFILE:  First filled into first-fill Bourbon barrels in 2013 and matured for 4 years. In 2017, spirit re-casked into Pomerol casks and matured for the next 5 years.
PHENOL LEVEL:  40 parts per million (PPM)
STRENGTH:  54.5% ABV
Tasting Note from the Distillery 
COLOUR:  Hazel
NOSE:  Warm peat smoke and red fruits open on the nose, moving to stewed pears, melon and a subtle marine note. Delicate floral notes of rose and geranium follow, with hints of vanilla, honey, leather and toasted oak coming from the wood. As the spirit opens further, a subtle spice mix of clove and ginger comes to the fore, with a touch of marzipan.
PALATE:  Malt sugar and peat smoke complement the tremendous viscosity of the liquid which coats the palate. The influence of the cask continues and showcases the harmonious balance of oak and fruit, with succulent blackberries, plum and aged leather.
FINISH:  Mellow marine tones, crushed seashells and a hint of citrus lemon rind nod to the single malt’s all-Islay maturation while Port Charlotte’s signature peat smoke lingers.

About the distillery

The Bruichladdich distillery on Islay is at the forefront of environmental action in Scotland's whisky industry. A recent project launched in 2021 aims to use sustainable energy to heat the distillery, creating only water as a waste product, eliminating all CO2 emissions.

Alongside their environmental credentials, Bruichladdich also proudly practices a very traditional approach to distilling that is fairly radical today. All their Single Malt Whiskies are based on Scottish Barley, with around half of that coming from Islay itself, and 5% organically grown.

Three whiskies in different styles are produced at Bruichladdich: The unpeated Bruichladdich bottles, the heavily peated Port Charlotte, and the ultra-heavily peated Octomore.

All Bruichladdich's whisky focus on terroir, quality, and careful cask maturation, with a degree of detail seen in few distilleries anywhere else in the world.

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