Port charlotte olc 01 2010, 55.1% ABV, (blind tasted).

port charlotte olc 01

Appearance – It’s mid gold in colour, very viscous and syrupy on the glass, and slow syrupy legs.

Nose – Germoline, salted bacon, strawberries, raspberries, castor sugar, light bbq sauce, pineapple, damp rocks, sticky plasters.

Palate – Lighter than I was expecting, definitely red berries mixed with tropical/stoned fruits, quite syrupy, sweet ash, the germoline is there but not as strong as the nose suggested, bbq meats, cream soda, but the amount of fruit has really surprised me. I’m getting a kippers type note too now with time, not had them for some time but there.

Finish – Long, spicy oak, chilli’s, tannins, lemon slices, cranberries, cigar leaves, liquorice, and a little salinity right at the end, lovely stuff.

My thoughts – This was the last of the 5 blind samples we tasted during this session, and it blew me away to be honest. Some heavily peated whiskies can be about the peat only, and many buy them for that reason, this bottling however brought loads of fruit with the peat, it was a super surprise for me as i’d not tried this particular whisky before, personally it made the experience more rounded and fuller, another whisky that’s going onto my “Wow” list. Needless to say that this bottling came #1 out of the 5 whiskies tasted on the evening.

Would i buy a bottle? – To be honest it’s a no brainer for me, i would definitely buy a bottle, it’s one to sit and savour on a chilly Autumn or Winter evening, the warmth it bring with it fills the chest and palate, a super drop.

Notes – This bottling is presented in its natural colour, non chill filtered, and at cask strength.

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Thanks to – @MaltMusings, @gordonsmith63, @scotchB78, @MaltWhitson, @FiShoop, @chris_f74 (all Twitter).

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