Port Charlotte PC5 Evolution
Added on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 5 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2001 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 63.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: $140 Availability: Specialty Stores
Port Charlotte is Bruichladdich's heavily-peated brand.  Eventually (scheduled 2009) there will be an actual, new, full-sized distillery about 2 miles from Bruichladdich.
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose of vanilla cake, caramel, and smoke with hints of a dusty old coat closet.  The palate is more of the nose, sweet, medium-bodied, and very enjoyable.  Long finish.  The youth doesn't show in this, nor the big alcohol percentage nearly as much as you'd think it would -- but the combination of everything does make this creep up on you and make it challenging to drink at length.  This is very much Mackmyra meets Ardbeg.  What will this be at 10 years?! 
All of the vigour of a young scotch, but slightly more complex. The sulpher (remarkably, a GOOD sulpher) reminds me of going caving.  Even exhaling this scotch is enjoyable.  The medicine and smoke hits that sweet spot where it isn't too much to be overwhelming.  Like a rollercoaster that doesn't quite cause cardiac arrest. Port Charlotte gives me hope for the future. 
Outstanding! A nose of almost overwhelming peat, but the taste shows a bit of sweetness, and I found this to be more complex than one might expect for such a young whiskey. Simply delicious, would be an A if it were priced below $100. If you're a fan of highly-peated whiskey, this is a must-try.  
Smokey nose  that is a bit musty and smells of potatoes.  You get the same on the palate with some brine and cinnamon. 
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