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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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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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