Tuesday, February 14, 2023


The Islay based Bruichladdich Distillery, has today announced the launch of its latest Port Charlotte bottling.

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014 (50% ABV) is a peated (40ppm) single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of first-fill Bourbon (84%), second-fill Virgin oak (8%) and second-fill Bordeaux wine casks (8%).

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014

This latest Port Charlotte Islay Barley series bottling, was produced using barley exclusively grown on the island of Islay, from eight separate farms.

Located within 15 miles of the distillery, each local farmer undertook the risk of growing in challenging conditions to deliver the barley used for the 2014 vintage, resulting in a Port Charlotte single malt with total traceability and unparalleled provenance.

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014, is said to deliver notes of malty digestive biscuits, peat embers, sweet vanilla, honey, toffee and crème brulee on the nose. Followed by notes of citrus, peat smoke, apricot, peach and ripe melon on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Adam Hannett, Head Distiller, said: “Our Port Charlotte Islay Barley expressions encapsulate everything an Islay whisky can and should be, and the latest 2014 vintage is no different. However, growing on Islay is no mean feat. Our location on Scotland’s rugged west coast and unpredictable weather, coupled with grazing wild geese and deer, means a successful harvest is never a given. But it’s a risk worth taking.”

Adam went onto say: “As well as adding complexity to the character of this single malt, using Islay grown barley goes beyond just the pursuit of flavour. This is a whisky which evokes a true sense of place, helps support Islay’s agricultural economy and celebrates our island community.”

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014, is now available from the Bruichladdich website and specialist retailers, for a RRP of £75.00.

Posted by Steve Rush