Malt of the Month: October 2016

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2008
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2008

Port Charlotte
Islay Barley 2008

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The latest Islay Barley release from Port Charlotte, made only using grain grown on the island of Islay itself. Port Charlotte is the name for Bruichladdich's heavily peated whisky, named after the next village along the coast and the site of a lost distillery.

The whisky is crisp, clean and fruity, with the expected whack of smoke across the palate. One for Islay-philes and smoky whisky fans.


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Tasting Notes

Glass of Islay Barley 2008 Glass of Islay Barley 2008

From Stuart Peskett (TWE)

  • Nose: Subtle smoke at first, then clean, crisp notes of pears and apples, plus grainy cereal. Very elegant and fresh – this has a definite spring in its step.
  • Palate: Very fruity on the palate, with fresh apple and melon, ably supported by oaty, biscuit notes. Peat is more apparent than on the nose, but is still restrained, and doesn't dominate. Don't add water – this dram doesn't need it, and holds up far better without it.
  • Finish: Fresh and fruity, with a wisp of smoke and barley adding complexity.



    About Bruichladdich

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    Founded in 1881, the distillery operated for its first century with little interruption. However, it was a casualty of the industry downturn in the 1980s and after intermittent distillation for more than a decade, was mothballed in 1998. In 2000 it reopened, with Bowmore manager Jim McEwan at the helm – a rebirth for the distillery.


    In 2012, the distillery was bought by Rémy Cointreau, and with its new owner's support, Bruichladdich has continued to grow its range. Jim McEwan retired in 2015 after 52 years (to the day) working in the whisky world, and has been succeeded by Adam Hannett and Allan Logan – a new generation of whisky makers to take Bruichladdich into the future.