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 FlavourSmoked ham and flamed orange
Cask detailsFirst-fill sherry hogshead.
NoseAn 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.
PalateAs 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.
FinishVery long, with rich smoke slowly fading through medicinal notes to leave sweet dried fruit.
Seriously, this is brilliant. 91/100
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.
This is a dram that keeps on giving.
An uncompromising, almost brutal phenolic attack on your tastebuds, but it is not simply a peat monster, it has complex layers of flavours.
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.