In the latest batch of Elements of Islay bottlings there was this Port Charlotte Pl6, a combination of 3 bourbon barrels distilled in 2011, bottled at cask strength… of course.
Port Charlotte Pl6 7 yo 2011 (55,3%, Elixir Distillers ‘Elements of Islay’ 2019, bourbon barrels, 1163 btl.)
Nose: coastal sharpness mixed with charcoal and sweet smoke. Linseed oil, beach pebbles, hints of burnt heather and herbs. A tad austere perhaps but there’s a light hint of peach in the background.
Mouth: warmer now, with hints of smoked bacon, almonds and gingerbread. More sweetness now, mainly plums and melons, then also briney notes and salty minerals. Plenty of earthy, ashy notes and a hint of capsicum.
Finish: long, on pepper and gingery oak, liquorice and wood smoke.