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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC7

Average score from 4 reviews and 14 ratings 88

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC7

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  • Brand: Bruichladdich
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 61.0%
  • Age: 7 year old
  • Bottled: 2008

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC7

Smell: Let it sit covered in the glass for a spell after the pour. Then inhale its delights: starting with that signature Laddie curdled milky musk, it unfolds into a powerful headlock of spice and fruit, ala creature from the bog lagoon, along with some wet forest loam for goodmeasure. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.And yet, some campfire-y goodness finally rears its ugly mug to wet the sadist in true peat luvas.

Taste: Brazilian palo santo wood burning pleasantly; pan burnt dark molasses; and then the peat rises on the back of your tongue, marching like Bolivian soldiers to the tip. You really must experience this without water and then if you must add some. Yes, it's a bit too hot without but it's soooooo damned good!I only tried a few drops of water to know that I shouldn't next time.

Quench & the death: delightfully full and long finish; chili peppers; burnt treacle; very dark chocolate; peat peat peat. Bonfire smoke. Yummmmm!

My only regret: I never got a chance to experience "PCSex" (PC6). Alas alack, finis.

This is why I like @rigmorole's reviews. Well, first, he reviews great bottles that I want to read about, like this or the wood-finished Springbanks. But more to the point, he packs his reviews with these little quips like "ashes, ashes, we all fall down." Like a tight Jimmy Page guitar riff, it leaves you wondering how he can be the first one ever to conceive of something that seems so obvious after the fact.

(Yes, I googled that phrase and appears is no other online review anywhere. I hope that's not creepy. I just thought it interesting.)

@PMessinger

This is a barn burnner of a smokey, peatted, thick oily, phenolic blast on arrival. Then giving way to sweet sodded oily malted middle, flowing into a long slow sweet smooth smokey burn. This whisky sit in the bottle an dreams of growing up to be Octomore only to be rudely woken when poured.

@vanPelt

Nose: Considering the description "heavily peated whisky", I was pleasantly surprised not to be overwhelmed with peat. But the nose is distinctly of smoke and everything else it can conjure-- rubber and campfires. Not too much else in the smell though.

Palate: Oily, and quite obviously tasting of smoke and butter. Butterscotch too, but a somewhat sour aftertaste.

Finish: Pleasant lingering smoke, for many minutes, the number of which I lost count.

Overall a good experience. My main complaint, besides the ashy sourness on the palate, is that most of the malt's character is defined by the peat alone. To be perfectly fair, I should maybe say that this is not my typical kind of whisky. However, even though I don't scout out peat-bombs, I was pleasantly surprised that I could enjoy this one-- as much as the good score reflects.

I should emphasize that this was the 46% version, so unfortunately I cannot comment on the cask strength version. The way that Bruichladdich categorizes the 2 different versions is very unclear to me. Since the Connosr website categorizes the cask strength (although under both the "Bruichladdich" distillery here and the "Port Charlotte" distillery categorization elsewhere), perhaps I should change my score to the average to not reflect the quality of the diluted version?

@galg

Color: Golden Straw

Nose: Starting on the signature Laddie nose. PC or not PC, this is Laddi-Land. The well known “Condensed Milk” kind of fruity sweetness. Then after a second we dive deeper into Peat-Land:Whoa! We’re in Islay that’s for sure. Amazing mingling of Peat Bogs, Smoke, Ashes, peat fires, and some camp fire (have you ever been to the boy scouts? , this kind of fire, yeah!) and also some rubber tires. I call this Sweet and sour.. Wonderful nose. One cannot ask for more.

Palate: The palate is continuing what the nose had promised. The Condensed milk is gone, but is replaced by sweet smoke, Burnt sugar. The Peat is omnipotent here, and is very much ashy. Many similar notes to the 3D3 I’ve previously reviewed, but with more intensity and power (due to the much higher ABV). The ashes are mingling wonderfully with the sweet smoke, Burnt sugar, and also some rubber tires. In 3 words: Sweet, smoky and spicy.

Finish: Very long and luxuries finish : Peat, Smoke, Burnt sugar (bitterness) , Dark chocolate and Spice (Chilly) are playing for endless minutes on your entire palate. I dig this.

Conclusion:

This is not a dram for those who do not appreciate peat, and very strong and mascular malts. For a peat head like me, this is peat heaven, very comforting and the extra ABV (61%!) is noticeable and gives that extra punch. I do like it more than the 3D3 (but not a whole lot more) . I am very keen on trying the other PC releases. Port Charlotte distillery is still not operating, but PC is live an kicking. If you enjoy “in your face” peated malts, this is one to have handy on your whisky Shelf.

jdcook - The Coles liquor group (Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice) have the exclusive rights to sell the bruichladdich range in Australia.

You can buy on line that the Vintage Cellars website.

Hope this helps.

As I also like the 3D3 very much I will look forward to open this and the PC8 I have. But with too many other open bottles in the cabinet it may take a while which isn't necessarily a bad thing :-)

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