Today we gonna try a Port Charlotte from the Jim McEwan’s private stock and I have some expectations considering who selected and bottled this cask!
Port Charlotte 17yo 2001-2019 (52.8%, The Cask Whisperer, Sherry cask, cask #900177, cask #834, 340 bottles)
Colour: Dark gold with dark copper hues.
Nose: Alcohol is present, dusty leather, old books, candied orange zest, cigar box, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa powder, raisins, roasted coffee beans, some kind of acidic yeast and hints of salt.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is not really very good but it’s still honest and the texture is oily. Hints of salt and iodine at fist that quickly fades away letting place for candied oranges, capuccino, dark cherries, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon, raw leather, old cigar box, wood smoke and dusty leather.
Finish: Long. Brine, wood smoke, a pinch of sea salt, iodine and then this maritime profile disappears and come from the sea some orangettes notes, roasted coffee beans, late coffee and candied oranges in the background.
This is quite a good typical well balanced sherry dram with some subtle PC typical notes and also some originality. I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed because this profile is mostly very common and quite simple, the alcohol integration is not very good and the PC influence is very subtle.
I was hoping it will be better given it’s from a JMcE Private stock bottling.
I also has to add that it’s quite pricey and that it’s quite easy to find to kind of profile level for way less.