Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley is a heavily peated (40ppm, for the geeks), single malt scotch whisky that entered the casks in 2008. It was first released in 2014, so despite the lack of an age statement, it’s likely that this whisky was aged for 5-6 years. As the name would indicate, it’s distilled from 100% Islay-grown barley, making it a true expression of the local terroir.
The Bruichladdich distillery was founded in 1881 on the Scottish island of Islay, a region known for its characteristically peaty whiskies. The name is pronounced “brook-lad-dee,” meaning “stony shore bank” or “raised beach.” Their range includes several brands, including an eponymous unpeated line, the “heavily peated” Port Charlotte line, and the “super heavily peated” Octomore line, as well as the critically-acclaimed Botanist Gin. Bruichladdich has recently garnered acclaim for its slick labels and branding, as well as embracing a fairly iconoclastic approach to scotch distilling.