Port Charlotte 2003 Whisky Broker

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I love Port Charlotte, it’s what won me over to Bruichladdich when I didn’t like their unpeated malt so much. Thing is, a lot of them are matured in all sorts of weird and wonderful casks. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, not at all, I’ve quite enjoyed some of them.

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Two recent Port Charlottes

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Port Charlotte is initially a whisky I didn’t like so much, but it grew on me quite fast, and now I have 3 open bottles of the stuff. The two I’m tasting here are the 2nd release of the 10 year old which was recently released along with a 10 year old Bruichladdich and a 10 year old Octomore, their unpeated and super-heavily peated labels respectively. It was aged in quite a variety of casks, first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and french wine, but that is kind of Bruichladdich’s thing.

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Bruichladdich 1991 Cadenhead Wine Cask

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Can’t find the picture I took or a picture of the bottle online, so here’s a picture from my visit to the distillery.

This is another offering from Cadenhead’s wood range, this one having been aged in a Bourbon hogshead and then a Burgundy wine cask. I really like the wood range offerings from Cadenhead and have had some really interesting ones, but to be honest I got this as a sample which didn’t state the cask type and I really didn’t feel it.

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Malt Mongers Israel Octomore Evening

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This is an evening I’ve been looking forward to for some time. Our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel (MMI), decided some months ago to get hold of some Octomore bottles and do an evening, but we put it off until the weather was suitable. Then finally the cold nights of December arrived and it was time.

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Bruichladdich 2003 Laddie Crew Valinch 22

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One of the really exciting parts of visiting Bruichladdich distillery is their Valinch casks. A pair of rotating casks with some quite eclectic whiskies in them, and a tap, instead of a real valinch, so you don’t spill whisky all over yourself and spend the rest of the day walking around smelling like a drunk who fell into his pot of boot stew (from experience).

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Octomore 7.2

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Sample received from /u/bieliebielie via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I don’t think I’ve reviewed an Octomore on here before. Octomore is the most heavily peated expression from Bruichladdich and was born of an expremient by Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier where they tried to get hold of the most heavily peated barley possible and made whisky with it.

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My Islay Trip Part 7 – Bruichladdich and Kilchoman

I’m not going to write too much about what I did on the Sunday on Islay. I intended to use the day for hiking as the public transport doesn’t run there on Sundays, but the weather had other ideas. Instead I took a nice long walk along the Three Distilleries path. I stopped at Laphroaig and had a dram of the 10-year-old Cask Strength, then went to Ardbeg for some lunch at the Old Kiln Cafe. I walked back to Port Ellen and went for a pint at one of the local pubs.

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