Single malt whisky - tasting notes

26 Oct 2012

Port Charlotte Pl1 (Elements of Islay)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bruichladdich

The latest batch of Elements of Islay bottlings includes the first Port Charlotte in this series. A sherried expression.

 

Elements of Islay Pl1Port Charlotte Pl1 (60%, Specialty Drinks 2012, 50 cl)

Nose: a lot of peat smoke and soot, some shoe polish and smoked bacon. A slight rubbery element. Nutmeg and liquorice. A big and powerful Islay malt, but it’s sweetened by some dates and sweet tobacco. Over time it shows camphor and light farmy notes. Mouth: deep, overwhelming peat, with a huge blast of tar and quite some medicinal / camphory notes. Iodine and ashes. Less sherry sweetness now, more briney notes, kippers and liquorice. A little resin. Really powerful. Fades away on ginger and herbs. Finish: long, hot and peppered with a medicinal background and a hint of forest fruits.

This is a brute force whisky – very big in some respects – yet it manages to leave enough room for an array of tiny flavours that come out after some time. One of the best Port Charlottes in my book. Around € 115.

Score: 89/100

Port Charlotte Pl1 (Elements of Islay) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-10-26

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  • Tony: yeah - the price is why I have held off. I bought 3 indie 30 year old Caol Ilas for the price of this one. There are nearly 6000 bottles - will be ha
  • HP: I think this is an amazing whisky. It is one of my 3 "if you could only have 3 bottles of whisky what would they be?" choices. Pure bliss. Very hard t
  • HP: I just tasted this at a whisky society here in the Pacific Northwest. This is a great whisky - but I'd never drop $200 for it. I'd happily pay $100, b

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