Port Charlotte 10yo 70cl 50%
Heavily peated to 40ppm, it has spent its life in first fill American whiskey casks (65%), second fill American whiskey casks (10%) and second fill French wine casks (25%). It is bottled unchilfiltered and colouring free at Bruichladdich.
NOSE: The smoke is calmed by the marine, ozone character, a harmony in the combination of oak, smoke and spirit. While the smoke is always discernible on the nose it is dry, earthy, peatash in its style and so allows the oak to come forward with waves of golden caramel, fudge, vanilla custard, hints of ginger, nutmeg and clove. There is citrus fruit, coaxed from the glass with a drop of water, gentle lemon meringue and clementine. Breathe deeply and the floral aromas of wild thyme, heather and sea pink bring you to this Atlantic coast.
PALATE: On the palate there is a noticeable delicacy and softness in texture and style. Again, the balance of flavour is superb as the smoke wraps loosely around the sweetness drawn from deep within the oak. Coconut, vanilla custard, lemon honey combines with smoked oysters and sun baked salty sand.