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This Port Charlotte was presented by Allan Logan at the Spirits in the Sky festival during his Bruichladdich Masterclass. It is Heavily Peated (40ppm) and distilled from 100% Scottish barley. It did not get an age statement as it is composed from different vintages by their famous Master Distiller Jim McEwan.
Very assertive nose with loads of grain and (of course) peat. Then some black pepper, paprika and clear touches of charred oak. Cigar box. Walnuts. Loads of vanilla. Only then a dying bonfire on the beach with toffee and pears. Iodine and sea air make us wait, but eventually sign in. Different, but very good.
It is oily on the palate. Smoky, sure, but mostly sweet. Think barley, citrus, soft oak and toffee apples with a salty edge. Not as PC than I am used to from PC, savvy? The lemon zest at the end keeps it fresh.
The finish is medium long and a good continuation of the palate.
Absolutely good Port Charlotte, but the odd one out if you ask me. Sweeter and more accessible than its brother.