Port Charlotte

Islay Barley Heavily Peated

ABV 50%
REVIEWED Issue 128
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Brand: Port Charlotte
Expression: Islay Barley Heavily Peated
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 5 years old
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 50%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Alwynne Gwilt
Nose: Big bold butter and smoke. Like toasted bread with a hint of charcoal and honey. Neither too rich nor too delicate. Tightrope walks between the sweet and savoury.
Palate: Sweeter than expected but with a rounded, mature caramel and brown sugar note and crisp smoke. As if a baker has dropped a batch of cookie dough in some ashy BBQ embers.
Finish: Lovely, lingering smoke that sits perfectly down the middle of the palate beside sweeter, baked crumble notes.
Comment: Well balanced, attractive and drinkable.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Dense barley and oily, phenolic peat with a touch of brine. In fact it becomes exceedingly oily. Water brings out a light woody note.
Palate: Unsurprisingly oily and viscous with lightly phenolic peat, bog myrtle and lubricious vanilla notes. Add in the alcohol and the palate is not that forthcoming. Water makes it a tad vague but a little sweeter.
Finish: Neat, it is short and hot with lingering oily peat. Diluted, it is longer and sweeter with a pleasant barley finish.
Comment: A little too oily for its own good one thinks.
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