Knock your socks off intensity. Wow. Almost numbing. But there is still plenty of flavor to be found. Will have to explore this whiskey further but wouldn't bother drinking anything else the rest of the night after sipping this one.
The nose is musty, earthy, and smokey. Palate is delicious! Very sweet and super-smokey. Long finish. This is gentler than PC5, but comparable in many aspects. Whatever Port Charlotte becomes as a standard bottling is going to be exciting for certain. Delish.
It seems the Port Charlotte has mellowed a bit over the past year. There's still extreme peat here, but it's not as overwhelming at the PC5, and for what this whiskey is, I want to be overwhelmed. More sweetness this year, and reasonably well-balanced. I hope they continue to release this each year, it's going to be fun to experience it as it ages!
Leather and sea fog smoke. Light oak char and sea brine. Orange rind citrus in middle that is nice - like a orange creamsickle. brassy and a little hot but tasty. Mushroom and earthy (damp dirt) take over with the sweet note that is a constant. Sweet peat smoke and oak in finish.