When the Bruichladdich distillery reopened in 2001, the new owners at the time decided to develop, in addition to the eponymous whiskey, two other much more peaty single malts: Octomore and Port Charlotte. Alternately, peaty, smoky, saline and iodized, this version which takes us back 14 years, pays a vibrant tribute to the men who gave it birth and who have allowed it to acquire over time an enormous amount of complexity. retaining the naturalness that befits the best Islay.
Single Cask # R091600007 – Sherry Limited edition of 420 bottles for France Profile: spicy (clove), camphor, smoky (ash) and liquorice. Air. Peat and smoke play on a par with fresh-cut grass and candied fruit.
Colour: deep golden yellow.
Nose: firm, lively. Particularly rooty peat close to malted barley takes hold of the first nose. Then, it gradually becomes spicy (cloves), camphoric, smoky (ash) and liquorice. Slender, it mellows with notes of vanilla, coconut and lemon. We also perceive dark chocolate and white fruits (apple, pear).
Palate: fine, airy. On the attack, peat and smoke play on equal terms with fresh-cut grass and candied fruits. On the mid-palate, ginger and liquorice stick provides a fibrous and somewhat tannic interlude. When aired, it evokes with limpidity notes of bitumen on which grow heady white flowers (lily, iris, lily of the valley).
Overall: long, elegant. This time, the course is set towards more marine and more saline tones. Thus, iodine, fleur de sel and seaweed inexorably take possession of the palate. It continues with notes of tobacco and spices (pepper, ginger). The retro olfaction is vanilla and the empty glass dazzles with peaty, fruity and spicy luminosity.