Port Charlotte PC7. Subtitled ‘Sin An Doigh Ileach’, Gaelic for “It’s the Islay way”.
The tins used to house the bottles on this release, much like those of PC6, pay tribute to some of the Ileach who helped take Bruichladdich through its early years. Good, good stuff. We like the downhome pride this distillery exudes in spades.
Being primarily bourbon and sherry cask matured makes this one a bit more seemingly aggressive than a couple of the others in the range which saw some Madeira influence. The more ‘organic’ nature of this one works for me on some primeval level. The very elemental nature of these peat monsters resonates. This is a bottle of firewater though, make no mistake. Expect it to take no prisoners.
Nose: Sharp smoldering peat and smoke and ash. Pungent woodiness. Enormous caramel sweetness. Freshly picked garden herbs. Cola and citrus. A bit of pepper. Some coastal notes.
Palate: Fires of hell. Dense smoke. Touch of dill. Mouthcoating. Everlasting, but what would you expect? At this ABV and this heavily peated, these flavors ain’t going anywhere.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt