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Port Charlotte’s whisky range relaunches

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Bruichladdich distillery is relaunching its heavily-peated Port Charlotte single malt whisky this May with a range of new expressions.

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old
Here to stay: Port Charlotte 10 Year Old will be the brand’s first permanent expression

The Islay distillery is set to introduce four new whiskies under the Port Charlotte brand: Port Charlotte 10, Islay Barley 2011, MRC:01, and MC:01.

Each expression in the new range has been made from barley peated to 40ppm, and is presented in an opaque green glass bottle as ‘a nod to the heavily-peated Islay category’, with black labels.

Port Charlotte 10-year-old marks the first permanent introduction of an aged-stated bottling in the brand’s history, and will replace the current multi-vintage Port Charlotte Scottish Barley.

The expression, which is bottled at 50% abv and uses only Scottish barley, has been matured in first-fill American oak, refill American oak and refill French wine casks.

It will be available in domestic markets around the world, as well as in duty free for around £50 for a 70cl bottle, and is described as having smoky sweet notes of ‘coconut, vanilla custard, lemon honey, smoke oysters and sun baked salty sand’.

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011 is a new vintage comprised of whisky produced from barley grown on three Islay farms – Dunlossit, Sunderland and Kilchiaran. Bottled at 50% abv, the whisky has been matured in mostly first-fill American oak with some whisky aged in refill Syrah and Merlot wine casks. It will be available globally for around £60 per 70cl bottle.

Port Charlotte MRC:01 is a limited edition expression distilled in 2010, and matured in ex-wine casks from Bordeaux. Bottled at 59.2% abv, it will be available in domestic markets around the world for £90 per bottle.

Lastly, Port Charlotte MC:01 is a limited 2009 vintage matured in Marsala casks, which has been bottled at 56.3% abv and will be available in travel retail only. Its price is yet to be confirmed.

New range: Port Charlotte’s green and black identity now reflects Islay’s ‘heavily-peated style’

Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich distillery, said: ‘Our distillery project is built around certain key principles which drive everything we do. The authenticity, provenance and transparency of our spirit is paramount.

‘Ultimately, we are a collective of like-minded people, passionate about this island and the single malt whisky we make here.’

Port Charlotte single malt is named after the nearby silent distillery of Port Charlotte, which ceased operation in 1929.

Bruichladdich distillery first began distilling heavily peated malt for Port Charlotte whisky in 2001, with the first bottling – PC5 – released as a five-year-old malt in 2006. Port Charlotte Scottish Barley was introduced in 2013 under new owner Rémy Cointreau.

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