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Time to re-taste an old classic from the Bruichladdich stable, this was the second Port Charlotte I ever had. Last time I tried it back in 2012, I was relatively new to single malt whisky and thanks to a few good reviews I bought a 10cl sample. Looking back, the PC8 has become somewhat of a cult classic. Some even call it the best Port Charlotte release.
Nose: It has that dusty scent of an old grainery, like a malting floor with fermenting barley, with soft notes of linseed, iodine and peat smoke seeping through.
Mouth: The same powerful attack that you would expect from an Octomore. Briny on the body with a rain of hot ash and soot on the palate. A touch of mint and ginger in the underlying layer.
Finish: Takes some time to kick in, but is long and satisfying. Soft notes of liquorice and salty lemon, with some wood polish, and peat & tar in the tail.
The verdict: It took me right back to the shores of Islay, to the smoking kilns of Laphroaig where I got a taste of the peat smoked barley. Overall this is not a complex whisky, but it paints the story of Islay in bold strokes. Throughout the distillation and maturation process little to no new flavours were added. The nose says it all: barley, smoke and peat, all this whisky needed to be splendid. Thumbs up.