Port Charlotte MC: 01

Port
Charlotte
MC: 01
2009

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After many years of experience working in our loch side warehouses, our head distiller has identified a unique relationship between our Port Charlotte smoke and sweet wine casks. The fruitiness is a fitting balance for our evocative spirit. Each iteration of our cask evolution bottlings is special, not just because they are limited, but because the utmost care has been taken to select the best quality casks. In this case, our Port Charlotte MC:01 has been matured in ex-Sicilian wine casks. Legendary, rich and unctuous, the European oak has previously held this fortified wine for nine years, resulting in a glorious autumnal whisky.

The whitewashed village of Port Charlotte clings to the shoreline two miles south of Bruichladdich.


The whitewashed village of Port Charlotte clings to the shoreline two miles south of Bruichladdich.


Port
Charlotte
MC: 01
2009

Tasting Notes


Nose – Cloves and orange initially. rose petals, toasted oak and a slight yet biting peat smoke. Ripe peach and hints of apricot come through. Left to open, the glass will reveal more warmed peach with vanilla and salted caramel. The smoke is slightly hidden behind the fruit and the vanilla sweet oak notes. Once considerably aired the tar and charred wood from the smoke come through more.

Palate – On the palate, there is a velvet touch that releases a little heat before moving into a subtle dryness from the French oak. Fruit and smoke combine beautifully with tar and peach, poached pear and red apples. A note of dry earth, dried peat maybe along with vanilla, clove spice and toasted oak. A splash of water brings a nutty, Christmas cake edge and the classic marine, ozone notes.

Finish – The finish has a tender softness and is a lovely mix of soft peach and peat smoke. The Sicilian wine edge is sweet fruit and a delicious Christmas cake whisper, the smoke fades and the toasted oak leaves a nutty vanilla that is satisfyingly warm.

Character – Soft yet bursting with fruit and character. A feel good whisky, an autumn walk in the woods then a good book by the warm fire kind of whisky. Enjoy.

OUR MC:01 PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF CONVENTIONAL MATURATION METHODS


PRODUCT SPECIFICATION


WHISKY TYPE:
HEAVILY PEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

PHENOL LEVEL:
40 PARTS PER MILLION

VINTAGE/AGE:
2009

ALCOHOL STRENGTH:
56.3% alc./vol

BARLEY PROVENANCE:
100% SCOTTISH BARLEY FROM INVERNESSHIRE REGION

MATURATION PROFILE:

  • 48% FRENCH OAK CASKS FOR 6 YEARS
  • 52% AMERICAN WHISKEY CASKS FOR 6 YEARS
  • COMBINED AND ACE’D IN EX-SICILIAN WINE CASKS FOR 2 YEARS

BOTTLING:
BOTTLED ONSITE WITH ISLAY SPRING WATER, NON CHILL FILTERED & COLOURING FREE

LIQUID COLOUR:
AUTUMNAL PINK

TASTE DESCRIPTOR:
PEAT SMOKE, CHARRED WOOD AND SOFT PEACH

“The sweetness is a great balance for the smoke & the French oak adds a dryness which elevates the spirit.”

– Adam Hannett

Our Port Charlotte mission has from day one been a challenge, a voyage of discovery. the charisma of heavy peat combined with the feminine elegance produced by our long-necked stills and patient, slow trickle distillation has been both a mystery and an education.

Left to open in the glass we get more peach with salted caramel, the peat smoke a mist behind the spice and sweet fruit notes. Ultimately the tar and charred oak come through and you are transported. This is a feel good whisky, an autumn walk in the woods then a good book by a roaring fire kind of whisky. From Sicily to Islay, to your glass.

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