Origin: Isle of Islay (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Chorlton Whisky
Average price: € 170,00
Official website: chorltonwhisky.co.uk
Loch Indaal is a saltwater lake (and therefore an outlet to the sea) overlooked by Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich, and it’s the distillery that takes its name from the latter village that chose in its time to make some bottlings dedicated to it, with a slightly higher peatiness than other expressions.
There was actually a distillery called Lochindaal, founded in 1829 and defunct in 1929, on whose remains Port Charlotte was built, while the warehouses were used by Caol Ila and, indeed, Bruichladdich.
And it is under this name that the bottler has chosen to make these 241 bottles, in honour of a now-lost label, with a now hard-to-find distillate dated 29 November 2007.
Gold with deep amber reflections.
Acrid and savoury peat on the nose, a concentration of toasted seaweed on the rocks with sea spray sizzling all around. Persistent medicinal note that accents cloves, apple, peach, dried apricots, orange juice, Catalan cream. Camphor. The nose is sweet and frizzy at the same time, with the alcohol content not at all noticeable.
Incredibly, even in the mouth the powerful alcoholic charge proves to be calibrated and functional, the right push for the spicy aromas (chilli, cloves, cumin) that punctuate a full and substantial palate, where the ocean again frames the fruity aromas, mirroring the nose with just a touch more mango and a splash of lemon, cooked cream, Kentucky tobacco. A rough touch of leather in the background.
Long finish of ocean, chilli, dormant embers, tobacco, leather, citrus, tropical fruit.
A powerful cask strength that demonstrates perfect balance, where the alcoholic power only reveals itself afterwards (so be careful not to be fooled!), with the usual elegance that has become David Bennett’s signature. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find fault with a dram as full and complete as this one: one can only sit back and enjoy it, sip by sip.
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Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 04.1
Cadenhead’s Bruichladdich 22yo
Octomore 10yo 3rd Edition
Port Charlotte 10yo Heavily Peated
Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011
Port Charlotte MC: 01 2009
Port Charlotte OLC:01 2010
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 15yo Madeira Cask
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