So this bottle has been open about 9 months.
Colour is very light clear amber. One of the lightest whiskys I've rated.
Nose is stunning. There's a lot of peat and tar, but it's got a massive clean crisp fruity character. Tinned pineapple, lemon citrus, some light sherry, unmalted barley. It's got the fruit profile of a young Irish pot still whiskey. That clean crisp steely tinned/tropical fruit character, light sherry. But then layered nicely on top is the barley grain and peat. There's a lightness to this which is wonderful. I was expecting heavy oily barley and cloying peat, but the aromas dance around the senses. After a few minutes the aromas build and the barley becomes a little heavier and more dominant. A little thicker.
On the taste it's something quite different. Peat and tar hits first, coal dust, but then that gives way eventually to spice on the palate. This lingers on the palate for a while, but then it's lemon citrus, light unmalted barley grain, vaguest hint of the pineapple fruit starting to build a little at the back. Am I getting some light sherry in there ever so slightly or just imagining it.
This has several dimensions working within it. Things I wouldn't expect to work together, but they are. Quite heavy peat with light delicate fruit and a big hit of spice.
Finish is pretty big and long. Peat lingers throughout, coal dust, fresh cut oak, slight light fruit sweetness, spice fades. Lemon and apple and pineapple alongside the coal dust.
Complex and utterly magnificent whisky, with it's different elements working in harmony. Stunning NAS.
Damn! I passed on the Port Charlotte in favour of the cheaper, unpeated Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Scottish Barley, and now the PC is no longer available here. You've made me regret that decision, I'll grab one next time I see it. Nice review, thanks.
Yes, this is for the Heavily Peated version.