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Port Charlotte PC6


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

24th Apr 2011


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Port Charlotte isn't a distillery on Islay, although it did exist once. Founded by Colin Campbell in 1829, she was closed in 1929. Previously she was also known as Lochindaal Distillery. In 2007, Bruichladdich announced plans to re-open the distillery, but the financial crisis made them think again. So far, it hasn't happened. What has happened is production, marketing and release of several whiskies under the Port Charlotte label. This PC6, distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2007, is one of those, finished on Madeira wine casks.

The nose on this PC6 is very creamy, almost fatty. A lot of smoke, cod liver oil and rubber. A new leather sofa. A whiff of cowhide. Right behind that, quite a bit of lemon, pear and apricots (must be the wine cask). Adding water makes it fruitier, but also very farmy. Special. I think it has to grow on you. I'm still in doubt myself.

The attack if very hot with black pepper and a truckload of smoke and peat. Nothing much else, that's how powerful the alcohol is. So let's add some water. Pear to the fore, but still very peaty.

The finish is lingering, warm and fruity with... dried plums? Silt at the death.

Wow, this is a feisty beast, with it's peat level of 40ppm. Oh, by the way : Cuairt-Beatha is Gaelic for 'the walk of life'. Think Mark Reynier is a Straits fan?

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indynoir commented

Hey Mark,

I picked up a bottle of the PC 7 recently and thought it was so good, I went back for a reserve bottle when the time is right. I have a shop near by that has one bottle of PC6 for $125 which is quite a bit more than I paid for the PC 7. Wondering how you thought they compared and if it's a must try. You scores are not so impressive on this but I notice you tend to score lower than most. Anyway, looking for any thoughts you might have. Thanks, Chad

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markjedi1 commented

Hey Indynoir: my tasting notes for the PC7 are on here somewhere as well. If memory serves, I scored that one 84, so I prefer the 6, it would seem.

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