Port Charlotte revisits Bordeaux in Cask Exploration series

Port Charlotte revisits Bordeaux in Cask Exploration series

Port Charlotte PMC:01 is the sixth release in the heavily peated whisky brand's Cask Exploration series

10 May 2023

Port Charlotte is returning to Bordeaux, France for the latest release in its Cask Exploration series.

The Port Charlotte PMC:01 sees the heavily peated Islay single malt matured in casks from Pomerol, a small region in Bordeaux's Right Bank. The appellation's soils – a combination of gravel, sand, and blue clay – and warm climate produce richly coloured, plummy red wines. Bruichladdich Distillery, producer of Port Charlotte, says the 10-year-old single malt has been influenced by the "fruit-laden" Pomerol casks, in which it matured for five years following an initial four years in first-fill bourbon casks.

Bruichladdich's head distiller Adam Hannett said: "We believe in creating whiskies that speak of where they are from. When our distillery was resurrected in 2001, our founders were in disbelief about the stark disconnect between our raw ingredient and the industry’s lack of consideration to where it was grown, who grew it, and how. But we’ve changed that.

"Terroir is imperative to the flavour of our single malts, and Port Charlotte PMC:01 is a great example of a whisky which truly links flavour to land. The result is a rich and robust single malt which brings together two very distinct locales, balancing the succulent fruit notes of the Pomerol casks with Islay’s mellow marine quality and signature peat smoke."

Port Charlotte PMC:01 is available to purchase now via bruichladdich.com or at selected specialist whisky retailers, priced from £110. It is the sixth release in the Port Charlotte Cask Exploration series, which also includes the MRC:01, MC:01 (Marsala cask), OLC:01 (oloroso cask), PAC:01 (Pauillac cask) and SC:01 (Sauternes cask).

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