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Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley

(70cl, 50%)

Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley

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Port Charlotte 2008 Islay Bottling Note

This single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, released under the Port Charlotte name, as they do for all of their peated releases (minus the super-peated Octomore bottlings), is a bit special; it's made with barley grown on the island of Islay. The barley was harvested from six farms in 2008, peated to 40PPM and distilled in December that same year. It was unveiled in 2014.

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Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley Reviews

Something new for every Islay fan

The Bruichladdich Islay Barley was very unique for a scotch. The sea salt is incredibly pronounced on the tongue, but being unpeated, it is still a very mellow drink. The Port Charolette mixes all that up. In the Bruichladdich, the salt almost overpowered the wood flavors. Here the strong peat balances with that salt flavor to make something truly special. The lack of chill filtering helps the oils give the scotch a good lasting finish. Lagavulin has been my go to scotch for years, but at 70 dollars the Port Charlotte is making it hard to justify anything else.

23rd February 2019

Lovely introduction to a heavily peated whisky

This stands in my cabinet alongside my Ardbeg Corryvrecken and Uigeadail. It's my go to when I'm after a warming peat hit without being floored like the other two. I have really enjoyed drinking this whisky, so much so that I'm going to purchase one for a family members birthday and open up their world to something that's not on supermarket shelves. Being a NSA, I'm pretty sure this is quite a young whisky, maybe 6ish yo, however, it is well rounded. If you enjoy a lagavulin or Bowmore, I'm sure you will enjoy this. If Ardbeg is more your taste, don't expect to be floored by Pete! (Peat - you get where I'm going ;)

31st July 2017


Its a yes from me - VERY drinkable. Only gripe is the age (6-7 y/o) which is a tad young so not that complex- having said that it is smooth and would shame most 12 y/o's - much easier drinking than Ardbeg 10. To my mind needs a hefty portion of water.

What I especially like, is the lack of obvious sherry OR bourbon influence - so you can really taste the peated barley. Excellent balance and is in fact quite delicate, smoke without iodine!

I imagine this is a 'one-off' release and not a regular bottling, so one to tuck away in the wardrobe.

30th June 2017


All the Islay whiskies are great, but this one stands apart. It's bold and flavorful. Now I have to try the Octomore.

6th January 2017

It's time someone said where we are .......


This malt is to die for - forget about the age.....

It's (plus or minus) an extra tenner for the Islay Barley here - but really worth the extra..!

Fill yer boots ...


13th November 2016

Port Charlotte Islay Barley


18th May 2016

Loving this whisky.

I enjoy this neat with a splash of water and it's really super smooth.

17th January 2016

Very good peated Whisky but very much overpriced

You will find few better examples of a standard Islay Peated Malt than the Port charlotte, especially at such a young age. Bruichladdich have proven their expertise at wringing the best out of such young malt and backed up with excellent provenance; the organic barley being sourced from Islay itself. This said I think we have to remember that this is a 6 year old malt - not really vintage by any stretch of the imagination. And objectively, it's up against some stiff competition on Islay (although many of those are also suffering from over-pricing due to popularity) look beyond Islay and there are arguably better peated malts hitting 12 or 15 year vintage and at either equivalent or less price. this is good but at the current £54.95 is very much overrpriced. Better quality and value to be found elsewhere depending on your criterion.

20th May 2015

Gilbert B. Foree

I prefer Blends.

19th February 2015

My new favorite

You have to taste this for yourself. On the nose it's most comparable to Ardbeg, but when it hits the tongue, it surpasses it. Curious?

3rd January 2015

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