A part of the cask exploration series, the Port Charlotte OLC: 01 is one of the most unusual expressions released. Few single malts initially start their journey in such a complex combination of casks. Fewer still complete their journey in genuine oloroso sherry hogsheads from a fine Spanish bodega like Fernando de Castilla. Distilled back in 2010, from the 2009 crop of Scottish barley, this heavily peated single malt was first filled into an array of ex-bourbon, ex-syrah and ex-vdn (vin doux naturel) casks.
Palate: Soft oily texture, and then a subtle dryness changes the tone. The leading notes from the oloroso cask and the peat smoke define the identity of the whisky, but underneath there is a fruity sweetness – figs, orange and peach with a nutty nougat note. With another sip, the darker notes of tobacco, boot polish and more earthy smoke give a pepperiness that draws you into this magnificent whisky.
Finish: The finish is a dry, earthy peat smoke with lime and figs. A chocolate and vanilla note comes through and some salty, sandy character. Peat embers give a last hint of smoke.