Port Charlotte Islay Whisky Distillery
To be clear Port Charlotte is not currently a working distillery in its own right but a heavily peated whisky product from Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay. However Port Charlotte is long-defunct distillery on Islay and many of the buildings have been bought and are being refurbished by Bruichladdich. The village of Port Charlotte is just a few miles down the coast from Bruichladdich and originally had a distillery there called Lochindaal founded in 1829 but closed in 1929 after Prohibition in American devastated the industry. Whisky production hasn’t started but is expected to start in the near future and the aim to create a ‘green’ distillery for the modern world and to appeal to whisky drinkers with an environmental conscience. Most of the equipment has already been sourced from the Inverleven distillery which closed down and was brought bolt by bolt to Islay. Once built they expect Port Charlotte distillery to have a capacity of 1.2m litres which is an example of just how serious this new distillery venture is.
Bruichladdich first released Port Charlotte in 2006 under the name PC5 which indicated the age of the spirit (5 years old), this trend continued with annual releases PC6, PC7 and so on.
Taste: A heavily peated whisky for all the smokehead Islay fans.