That Boutique Y Port Charlotte 13 Year 52.
Here we have another whisky from the excellent Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, but you might note that we’ve spelt their name incorrectly on the label - we’ve written it as “Port Charlotte”. Ah, you see, that is because Bruichladdich use the Port Charlotte name for whisky they’ve produced using heavily peated barley (though not super-extreme-silly levels of peat - that’s their Octomore bottlings). As such, we’ve given centre stage to the 5 molecules that produce the phenolic compounds in peated whisky.
Nose: Get a whiff of that roaring open fire, coal tar and prickles of cedar wood and rosemary.
Palate: Initially sweet with hints of cocoa, black cherries and treacle. Then come the herbs, oregano for sure and a cardamom touch.
Finish: A long, smoky finish with lasting flavours of leather and tobacco.
Port Charlotte 13 yo (52,7%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2018, Batch #6, 1317 btl.)
Nose: the farmy kind of peat showing (subtle) sheep stables and farmyard. Burnt heather. Nougatty notes. Vague fruity hints in the background (I would say peaches and melons, plus a little guava). Moss and salty seaweed too. Light sweet herbs. Mouth: a similar fruitiness in the background, with plenty of medicinal notes now. Iodine, antiseptics. Vanilla. Maritime notes and hints of olive brine. It perfectly combines austerity and roundness. Finish: long, salty and tarry, with dry earthy notes.
A very good, rich Port Charlotte.