A typical case of David and Goliath occured in The Malt Advocate, an influential whisky magazine published in America, where Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte 5yr old (PC5) was able to compete with other much older whiskies. They called the peaty newcomer outstanding and the best for its style. The other malts from considerable age were a 35yr old Springbank, who received the nr 1 position. Second was a 34yr old Glenfiddich and third was the Bruichladdich PC5 which shared its position with a 36yr old Mortlach. Another Islay whisky, a 27yr old bunnahahbain, was placed fourth, which is also a fantastic achievement for this Islay Distillery.
The Malt Advocate said of PC5: "If you like your smoky Islay whiskies young and masculine, this one is for you. Multi-dimensional and balanced. Youthful, but not immature." Bruichladdich's master distiller Jim McEwan said: 'I knew it was destined for fine things thanks to the special ultra slow, trickle-distillation I used. We are all particularly proud to have it rated in such exalted company. The barley used was malted to 40 ppm of phenols, one of the most heavily peated on the island. Together with the unusually tall and slim-necked stills and trickle distillation we have created a totally new Islay whisky: All peat smoke - no medicine.'
Furthermore Bruichladdich Distillery announced that the first ever 18 year old will be released - the newest addition to the Bruichladdich core range, sporting a smart new livery. The unique bottling, designed by Master Distiller Jim McEwan, is an unusual alliance of Scotland, America, France… and Austria, to produce a well rounded, compelling dram. Matured for 18 years in American oak casks, the suitably aged whisky was selected for an additional cask evolution (ACE) for several months in premium quality French oak.
Mark Reynier, CEO says: “The casks chosen come from Austrian maverick Willi Opitz, the engaging, ever so slightly mad, wine producer. It took four years to persuade him.”