Port Charlotte PC7 Sin An Doigh Ileach
Peated Single Malt
Port Charlotte // Islay, Scotland
The third release in Bruichladdich's PC series. The whisky is some of the first to be distilled by Jim McEwan at the newly reopened Bruichladdich, entering the casks in late May of 2001. The Port Charlotte series is an homage to the Scotch whisky produced at the Lochindaal Distillery in Port Charlotte, Islay, a few miles south of Bruichladdich. Lochindaal, which was mothballed in 1929, was known for its heavily peated whiskies; a retired stillman from Bruichladdich, Roderick Macleod, provided McEwan with tasting notes of the original whisky, which serve as the basis for this interpretation. The PC7, named the Sin Doigh Ileach (translated: "it's the Islay way"), celebrates the people of Islay who contributed to the reopening of Bruichladdich. The whisky is seven years old, non-chill filtered, and bottled at the casks' strength of 61% ABV.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"Loads of peat on the nose; there's no doubt about it - we're on Islay. A sweetness balances the peat making it very comforting. Strangely soft for a 61% ABV whisky. Getting herbal notes, fresh grass, and hay. Be careful not to burn yourself with that beach-fire and rubbery leather. The palate is sweet and peaty much like the nose, but is quite harsh with ash, licorice, and burnt sugar. The spiciness is also present reinforcing the peat influence. The finish is very long, peaty and bitter (coffee and dark chocolate) that lingers. There's no doubt, this dram is peat-heaven."