It’s not always easy to navigate through Port Charlotte official releases as they are very frequent. So let’s try two Port Charlotte official bottlings that were advised by friends.
Port Charlotte OLC: 01 9yo 2010-2021 (55.1%, OB, Oak Cask, Oloroso Hogshead Finish, 30000 bottles)
Nose: It’s quite shy. Wood smoke, wet earth, raisins, leather, dusty books, ripe pears, ripe apples and toffee. It’s quite a round nose.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is good and the texture is oily. Mineral notes, earthy notes, fat peat. That’s an austere and dry profile. The roundness from the nose is totally gone. Citruses, pepper and finally at the end of the mouth the dryness decreases a bit and some toffee, dry fruits and caramel notes appears in the background.
Finish: Long and spicy. Wood smoke, white pepper, peat eucalyptus and mint freshness.
A very nice daily dram! It’s we done and easy to drink without being overly complex. You have to like austere and dry profiles to enjoy this one.
Port Charlotte BR: 01 10yo 2007-2018 (62.8%, OB, 2nd Fill Brunello Wine Cask, cask #1743, 393 bottles)
Colour: Mahogany with copper and lighter hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence! Raisins, noble wood, cigar box, dusty library, leather, red berries and caramel.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is thick. Red berries, blueberries, caramel, sea salt, iodine, brine, powerful wood smoke and mineral notes balancing the mix.
Finish: Long. It starts with a powerful minerality, then arrives this intense coastal wood smoke, raisins, cold ashes, sea salt, red berries and bitter chocolate in the background.
The mouth complexity is very interesting. The roundness fights the smoky notes while the mineral and dry notes navigates through this mix. Very nice!
Another good duo from Port Charlotte! It will be hard to find as of now but it was a nice catch if you get those at release. Thanks Flo, it was a nice dram!