Reopened at the start of the millennium, Bruichladdich has proved itself a very twenty-first-century distillery ever since. In addition to the numerous Bruichladdich expressions, they have also revived the name of the old Port Charlotte distillery in its heavily-peated bottlings. There was talk of the Port Charlotte distillery itself being rebuilt just down the road, but, as yet, nothing (although this expression is matured there). The Scottish Barley expression is one of the new additions, peated to 40ppm.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Slight smoky rice pudding. Cold custard. Caraway seed. A distant burst of red fruits and orange. The dry smoke slowly builds but is always restrained.
Palate: As with the nose, the peat smoke starts slowly but rises to a voluptuous and clean vanilla, tropical fruit and peat combo. Like a smoky and bitter dark chocolate orange, and in a good way.
Retails for around £40-45