First Society bottling in 2010.
Port Charlotte is actually a highly peated expression of Bruichladdich, named after a Closed Distillery nearby (1829 -1929). Retired mashman, Ruaridh McLeod, aged 85, recalls tasting the original stuff – ‘very, very peaty, but smooth as velvet’. Jim McEwan opted therefore for a trickle distillation, 40ppm whisky, filled at about 70% into good bourbon barrels, to be named after distillery that closed in 1929. There is now a plan to re-open the actual distillery and the owners of Bruichladdich have achieved the necessary permissions and acquired the buildings and equipment. These plans are on hold, following the recession, but may be revived when the time is right.