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This sherry matured 8 Year Old Port Charlotte was distilled on 6th December 2001 and bottled in February 2010 by Malts of Scotland from Paderborn in Germany. The color is very inviting!
The medicinal touch is completely oppressed by unbelievable aromas of crème brulée, wine vinegar, burnt rubber, smoked ham, demerara sugar, orange marmelade, shoe shine, cowhide and furniture polish. Wow!
On the palate, it's thick, almost like syrup and very sweet with a pinch of salt. Plums on rum, orange peel, white pepper, licquorice and dark chocolate, immediately followed by an explosion of smoke. Oh... my... God! A peated sherry monster (reminding me a bit of the Glen Garioch 1971 for Samaroli). This is an absolutely divine whisky!
The finish - on pepper, nutmeg and tobacco - of this Port Charlotte gives the word a new definition.
I'm having a hard time believing the complexity this whisky has achieved in such short 8 years. What if they had left it to reach 12 (besides the risk of getting over oaked, that is)? Oh, stop nagging. It's great as it is and you only live once! Don't hesitate if you can still get your hands on a bottle (good luck with that, though).