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While 30.000 bottles of PC8 were released, aficionados of Port Charlotte had to make do with only 6.000 bottles of the PC9. I tried this one H2H with the PC8, but the way. An Ataireach Ard means ‘the surge of the sea’, so I am expecting a very coastal animal.
A lot of brine, some pepper, a hint of peat and even less fruit. Slightly soury on the nose, in fact. Mussels. Oh, well, that is coastal too, I guess. I also reminds me of a slice of cheese that was left in the frigde for too long. After a while, citrus and toffee shine trough. Not a great nose, if you ask me. Adding water does not offer solace.
The attack is creamy and sweet with a lot of mint and smoke. The soury nose turns lemon, ashes, chili peppers and brine on the palate. Adding water makes it sweeter, but also somewhat meaty.
The finish is very, very long, smoky and brine.
This is not exaclty my favourite expression of Port Charlotte. So let us look forward to the next release, the PC10, i.e. the 10 Year Old, which should thenceforth be the Port Charlotte flagship and conclude this great journey.