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There was actually a Port Charlotte Distillery on Islay until 1929, but she closed as Prohibition in the States became a fact. Today, Port Charlotte is produced at the Bruichladdich Distillery This PC7 was launched in 2008.
Loads of peat on the nose, but also white fruit, coffee and, just like the PC5, surprisingly soft. Quite buttery, in fact. Adding water brings out the herbal side. Then it is all about sea breeze and cow stable. The sweet peat turns into a wonderful smokiness.
The attack is powerful and all attention goes to the sweet peat. Loads of pepper, nutmeg and liquorice. Then finally a slice of pear. Adding water changes this one considerably. Loads more silt, liquorice and even ashes, but no more fruit to speak of.
The finish is long and a little salty, on ginger and liquorice.
Very sturdy PC, but the least complex in the series. Adding a spoonful of water makes it more interesting.