“Martine Nouet the famed whisky writer once gave me a bottle from her early cask of Port Charlotte which was really my epiphany into smoke dominant offerings. Fisherman’s jerseys
and sea breeze lure the nose like Sirens to the inevitable... If you love smoke with underlying malty and fruity flavours, stock up on this one!”
This first fill ex-bourbon barrel of the cult Port Charlotte distillate barges out of the glass with attitude and swagger, backed up by immense depth and complexity. The obvious aromas of peat smoke are followed by spiced vanilla, crème brûlée and a thick farmy note reminiscent of an old style of whisky. The palate can seem a little one dimensional at cask strength, which is no bad thing, but this single mindedness disappears with the addition of water and an array of malty, fruity notes develop long into the finish. The first Port Charlotte bottled by BB&R, but we’ll make sure it’s not the last.