Port Charlotte is heavily peated Bruichladdich, this one is 7th annual release in the Port Charlotte PC series, it’s 11 years old, uses only Scottish barley, 40 ppm peating levels, natural color, non-chill filtered, mixture of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and available in travel retail, it’s also bottled at 59,5%!
Colour: amber +2.
Nose: beeswax, coastal sea air, sherry sweetness, dried fruit, it might be the high strength but it doesn’t seem very peaty, coffee notes, wet dog, dry peat smoke, really well balanced, so much going on, truly an amazing nose, I like it so much better than the Octomore (having them side by side).
Taste: big whisky, sweetness, tar, not feeling the strength too much, an obvious sherry influence, raisins, almonds, walnuts, coffee liqueur, chocolate, medicinal, some fish oil, good complexity, super profile and great delivery.
Finish: long, iodine, jalapeno peppers, creme brulee.
Comments: an amazing whisky, it’s not cheap but it really delivers, needs water, about 89 points, I liked it much better than the Octomore I had few weeks ago.