Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010 is distilled from 100% Scottish barley, from the Inverness region. With over 200 different cask types maturing in their warehouses, this Port Charlotte release is part of a cask exploration series that showcases the influence of wood on this heavily peated spirit.
Bottled at 59.2% alcohol and limited in numbers, this sweet and fruity spirit has spent time in first fill American whiskey casks and second fill French wine casks. These component parts have been combined and matured for an extra year in the finest French oak from the Bordeaux left bank.
Nose - A summer fruit and peat smoke extravaganza! Raspberry and cherry, with Turkish delight and smoky driftwood embers with a light, bright and fruity air. Islay sea breeze, ozone and salty. The oak, both American and French give real depth to the dram, classic vanilla, toasted bread, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, liquorice walnut and almond.
Palate - Certainly warming at 59.2%, lively and sweet with icing sugar and marshmallow, bound in smoke. Sweet red fruit and peat smoke melt away slightly as the power of the oak comes through with tobacco leaf and toasted oak. Maple syrup, pecan and coffee are complimented by hints of orange and cooked peach.
Finish - Peat smoke is a little more medicinal than normal. A dryness from the oak tells of the toasting of the French and the char of the American and the final combination in premium French oak together. The influence of the extra maturation in sumptuous first growth casks has added a layer of fruit that weaves its way through the smoke and into the heart of the whisky.
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