Rare Port Charlotte “Neach-Dàna”

imageExcited as always, when I’m asked to try something “new”. This time it was a surprising whisky from Dx3, a group of friends, Marcel, Gert & Sjon. But what, or better who are they that you ask.

Well, making a long story short. Dx3 is a group of 3 Dutch Whisky Enthusiasts, and very enthusiastic I might add.

The whisky I received from Dx3 is a private bottling Port Charlotte from Bruichladdich. I have read a story, about their adventure, what started at the Bruichladdich Distilley, Islay in 2003. That is over 10 years ago.


“Impressed by the overall professional approach of ‘making’ whisky and the option of purchasing your own cask got us into the excitement even more”

Carefully considered, they chose a cask. Cask number 686, a fresh bourbon barrel, with a heavy peated filling, Port Charlotte. The waiting would be for over 10 years.
That’s a very long time, especially when you are already thrilled about the result. What to do in these 10 years …. I can’t say what the Dx3 have done over these years.  What I do know is that a lot has happened on the maturation of the spirit.

After 9 years, Dx3 received a message, that made them very excited. What has happened over the years with the spirit. Is the whisky, what they expected and dreamed of over all these years? A lot of fine and enjoyable evenings of discussing happened to talk about the needed information for the bottling, age, name, strength, etc. This all took place while enjoying a wee dram of scotch.

In 2013 they decided to contact the distillery to find out what happend to the cask. Curious about the “health” of the cask. And the important question was, is it ready for bottling?

Adam Hannett said;
(Assistant Manager at Bruichladdich Distillery)

“It is of excellent quality. Very peaty with a nice sweetness. It is very well balanced and would be good bottled at cask strength, any time you like”

And a sample was sent right after, and soon the choice was made. The bottling took place at 11 years (cask strength, 61.5%). The name of this Port Charlotte Private bottling is: ‘Neach-Dàna’ meaning ‘Daredevil’. My kind of whisky! A fab fact: there are only 223 bottles bottled.

Marcel, Gert and Sjon: This was a challenge to try a true wonder of mother nature in all its clean peaty and sweet tones. I have enjoyed this exclusive dram with excitement, a wonderful dram.

My findings of “Neach-Dàna”:

  • Color: Light golden
  • Nose: Spicy, complexity of tropical fruit, salty, green apples, a mixture of flowers, lavender, cherries, berries, red fruit and peat.
  • Taste: Green apples, oranges, remarkable sweet (comparing with the nose), smoky crushed red fruits and firm. Complexity of creaminess and sweetness, nuts, 99% real chocolate covered with caramel.
  • Finish: Smooth, tingling and medium

Suggestions: Pure…. it’s a complex whisky. No ice! That’s a killer, just enjoy like it comes!


I give this whisky an 8.5 out of 10.

PS: Like to know more? Dx3 is just one mail away: Marcel, Gert & Sjon



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