Bruichladdich are today on a Viking Line cruise while crossing the Baltic Sea launching two new
Travel Retail exclusive Peated expressions.
First up is Octomore 7.2, this super-heavily peated is a limited edition cuvee which has married American oak casks with casks that once held Syrah created in the great vineyards of the Rhone valley in France.
Peated to 208PPM this Octomore 7.2 the official tasting notes are:
Nose - Golden syrup, smoke and red berry fruits to begin. The gentle smoke weaves through poached pear and apple pie from the distillation with the ripe fruits from the cask, red berries peach and apricot. As you inhale deeper, delicate floral notes unclouded by the smoke are released heather, lilies and orange blossom.
Palate - The combination of sweet fruits and smoke is classic Octomore. Huge levels of peat sit in perfect balance with the flavours released from the cask. Add a drop or two of water and we get cherry, bramble, strawberry from the Syrah casks; cinder toffee, brown sugar, honey and crème brulee from the American oak burst through. You can feel and taste the rewards of our patience - slow trickle distillation provides the soft silky texture that coats your mouth and releases wave after wave of the soft fruit and floral fragrance.
Finish - As lemon zest, red fruit and vanilla oak fades away the deep smoke lingers, a potent reminder of the strength and character of Islay.
Keep an eye on your favourite Travel Retail store for this arriving soon.
Also released today from Bruichladdich is the new Port Charlotte PC12.
All Port Charlotte expressions are a tribute to the legacy of the men, Gaelic speakers, who ran spirit for one hundred years in the old Lochindaal Distillery in the village that clings to the rocky shores of the Rhinns of Islay. Port Charlotte PC12 carries the title "Oilenach furachail" in the old language. It refers to the young student carefully observing how the master goes about his work, looking and learning, preparing for the day when the world will sit on his shoulders.
Adam Hannett has been working alongside Jim McEwan since 2006, watching and learning from the legendary distiller. Adam has a special talent, a perceptive nose and a rare ability to analyse and objectify sensory experience. One day the ultimate responsibility for this precious spirit will rest on his shoulders. Here we acknowledge Adam and his ongoing journey with Jim. “Oileanach furachail”.
The official tasting notes are:
Nose - Opens with bursts of smoke, salt and dark fruit then develops raisins, toffee, sweet oak and ripe plum. Hints of cinnamon spice, polish, candied orange and lemon peels. hazelnut and dates.
Palate - Rich and succulent in texture bringing harmony to a spirit of 58.7%. Sherry flavours of date and fig combine with peat smoke to balance honey, lemon and hot toasted oak. Apricot pear and green apple are subtle but the character of our pure spirit cannot be hidden. There have been no shortcuts to get here. Long years in our warehouses on the shores of Loch Indaal have brought out the exceptional qualities of casks sourced from far and wide. Combine this with the influence of fresh salty Islay air and you have a dram of unmistakable character.
Finish - You may think it will never end as the smoke lingers releasing touches of liquorice, date and sweet malt. Close your eyes and you are on Islay. As this dram fades you can reflect on another step of your journey and look forward with confidence as there are many more to come.
This Port Charlotte PC12 I have been lucky enough to sample and my notes are available here.