On 10th February 2016
EÃ’RNA NA H-ALBA
This seventh annual release in our Port Charlotte PC series encounters this heavily peated spirit eleven years into its journey.
Each year we release just a handful of precious bottles at cask strength. Our mission? To explore the effects of time on that esoteric union between spirit and oak as it mellows in our salt-soaked Hebridean air.
PC11, ‘Eòrna Na h-Alba’ - Scottish Barley - is our homage to the land and people that gave life to this whisky.
A heavyweight Islay – rich, smokey and smooth.
Polished walnut in an autumn sunset.
Opens with bursts of smoke, salt and dark fruit then develops raisins, toffee, sweet oak and ripe plum. Hints of cinnamon spice, polish, candied orange and lemon peels. hazelnut and dates.
Rich and succulent in texture bringing harmony to a spirit of 58.7%. Sherry flavours of date and fig combine with peat smoke to balance honey, lemon and hot toasted oak. Apricot pear and green apple are subtle but the character of our pure spirit cannot be hidden. There have been no shortcuts to get here. Long years in our warehouses on the shores of Loch Indaal have brought out the exceptional qualities of casks sourced from far and wide. Combine this with the influence of fresh salty Islay air and you have a dram of unmistakable character.
You may think it will never end as the smoke lingers releasing touches of liquorice, date and sweet malt. Close your eyes and you are on Islay. As this dram fades you can reflect on another step of your journey and look forward with confidence as there are many more to come.
To be enjoyed when there is time to relax. Throw a few more peats on the fire and settle back in contemplation.
On 7th February 2016