Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010

Port
Charlotte
MRC: 01
2010

£90.00 inc UK VAT

In stock

With over 200 different cask types maturing in our warehouses, our cask exploration series showcases the influence of wood on our heavily peated spirit. Bottled at 59.2% alcohol and in limited numbers, we introduce the Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010. Distilled from 100% Scottish barley, from the Invernesshire region, this sweet and fruity spirit has spent time in first fill American whiskey casks and second fill French wine casks. These component parts have been combined and matured for an extra year in the finest French oak from the Bordeaux left bank.

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
MRC: 01
2010

Tasting Notes


Nose – Initially you are met with a summer fruit and peat smoke extravaganza! Raspberry and cherry, with Turkish delight and smoky driftwood embers burst from the glass jostling for attention. There is a distinctly summer feel to this dram, no brooding peat monster it has a light, bright and fruity air. As the whisky opens you find the Islay sea breeze, ozone and salty. The oak, both American and French give real depth to the dram, classic vanilla, toasted bread, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, liquorice walnut and almond. Each time you go back to the glass there seems to be a bubble of red berry and ripe plum bursting under your nose.

Palate – Certainly warming at 59.2%, lively and sweet with icing sugar and marshmallow, bound in smoke. There is a rush to capture all that is taking place. Sweet red fruit and peat smoke melt away slightly as the power of the oak comes through with tobacco leaf and toasted oak. Maple syrup, pecan and coffee are complimented by hints of orange and cooked peach. There is a complexity here that didn’t seem possible on the first sip. As you go back to the glass that initial rush of flavour has become a more complete experience. Nowthere is salt spray, dry smoke and the oak is more prominent, raspberry and plum combine with vanilla and butterscotch.

Finish – On the finish the peat smoke is a little more medicinal than normal, think bandages and creosote. A dryness from the oak tells of the toasting of the French and the char of the American and the final combination in premium French oak together. The influence of the extra maturation in sumptuous first growth casks has added a layer of fruit that weaves its way through the smoke and into the heart of the whisky. The spirit is viscous and textured allowing a long finish where creamy vanilla, spicy clove and ripe peach melt away from the powerful peat smoke allowing it to finish alone, leaving the Port Charlotte DNA firmly in place.

Character – Lively, sunny, rosy, a wonderful experience and superb combination of fruit laden French oak, strong peat smoke and Islay maturation.

Limited in number, and bottled cask strength, we explore the influence of ex-wine cask maturation on our sweet barbeque smoked spirit.


PRODUCT SPECIFICATION


WHISKY TYPE:
HEAVILY PEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

PHENOL LEVEL:
40 PARTS PER MILLION

VINTAGE/AGE:
2010

ALCOHOL STRENGTH:
59.2% ALC./VOL

BARLEY PROVENANCE:
100% SCOTTISH BARLEY FROM INVERNESSHIRE REGION

MATURATION PROFILE:

  • 50% FIRST FILL AMERICAN WHISKEY CASKS
  • 50% SECOND FILL FRENCH WINE CASKS
  • FINAL YEAR OF ACE-ING IN WINE CASKS FROM THE BORDEAUX LEFT BANK

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

LIQUID COLOUR:
Terracotta

TASTE DESCRIPTOR:
Coconut, honey, vanilla, dry smoke and leather

“THISISAMORE THOUGHTFUL USE OF CASKS, BASED ON AN UNDERSTANDING OF SPIRIT AND CASK TYPES BUILT UP OVER MANY YEARS”

– 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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