As with every Port Charlotte the starting point is rich, elegant and thought-provoking spirit. High-provenance, smoky, heavily peated barley married to our slow, Victorian, trickle distillation delivers power with finesse. Here, this fascinating spirit has been matured full term in casks of finest French oak [Quercus robur]. They previously held one of the greatest Eau de Vie, from the western Cognac region.
Ok. time to nose and taste this whisky. I have let the glass sit for a while after pouring, got the feeling it needed some time due to a very young nose at first with some nail polish remover. That stayed a bit for a good time, but also started to show me some pulled pork and other meaty BBQ flavours mixed with earthy peaty notes. It becomes sweeter when you keep nosing it and showing rich honey, salty caramel chocolat, stewed pears in red wine with a good amount of cinnamon, ginger cake, rye bread with omelette / crispy bacon / different backed wild mushrooms and for a dessert a thick vanilla pudding with red summer fruits on top. Now I am getting hungry again damnit.
Tasting it brings a smile to my face because it adds another level of sweet and spices to the things I already found on the nose. Raisins, red pepper, apricots, lemon, banana, creamy, plums, smoke, light ashy note and sweet heather flavours. Thick vanilla notes with loads of fruits in it mixed with soft gentle peat smoke. Good length sweet finish on it and very enjoyable must say. Perfect dram for a stormy and rainy day we are having right now. Scoring it an 8 out of 10, even with the young feeling going through the nose and palate. Thanks for sharing the sample Bruichladdich!