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Islay single malt scotch whisky

While the producer of Pl is better known for its unpeated spirit, it also makes this heavily peated whisky. To start the range, we decided to go for something very special – the whisky was matured in a first-fill sherry hogshead. The result is a huge dram combining rich fruit and peat smoke.

  • Core Flavour

    Smoked ham and flamed orange
  • Cask details

    First-fill sherry hogshead.
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Tasting notes

  • Nose

    An intense hit of complex smoky flavour – ham, freshly dug peat, burning peat, coal dust, wood smoke and soot. As it sits in the glass it softens slightly, revealing flamed orange zest, sweet dates and tobacco.
  • Palate

    As intense as the nose, if not more so. The smoke underpins everything, but layers of flavour sit on top. Medicinal notes of iodine, bandages and bung cloth contrast with rich fruit and liquorice. Water tames the smoke, but leaves the fruit intact, adding spicy notes.
  • Finish

    Very long, with rich smoke slowly fading through medicinal notes to leave sweet dried fruit.


  • Smoke
  • Peat
  • Liquorice
  • Dates
  • Orange

Pl1 Reviews

  • Seriously, this is brilliant. 91/100

    Serge Valentin

  • 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.

    Ruben Luyten

  • This is a dram that keeps on giving.

    Mark Newton

  • An uncompromising, almost brutal phenolic attack on your tastebuds, but it is not simply a peat monster, it has complex layers of flavours.

    Oliver Klimek

  • A complex, different, big beastie boy of a malt. Lots to do, see, smell and taste. It’s not easy going. It’s a marathon of an Islay experience. Worth taking up though.

    Jon Webb

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