Port Charlotte OLC: 01 - 2010

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottling

Released as part of the Cask Exploration series, Port Charlotte OLC: 01 is said to be one of the most unusual expressions to date! A heavily peated single malt, distilled in 2010, (from 2009 Scottish Barley) then filled into ex-bourbon, ex-Syrah and ex-VDN (vin doux naturel) casks. Matured until 2018, then transferred into Oloroso hogsheads from Spanish bodega, Fernando de Castilla.

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Whisky Details

County Islay
Distillery Bruichladdich
Age 9
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottle Size 70cl
Vintage 2010
ABV (Strength) 55.1
Series Cask Exploration Series
Style Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Notes

Port Charlotte OLC: 01 - 2010 Producer Notes

Nose: Initially lovely earthy peat smoke and dark fruit, fig predominantly and toffee. As the aromas start to open soft peach and honey appear and a nutty nougat note sets the tone. Baked orange and a hint of mulled wine spice. The peat smoke notes are constant and start to bring out some resinous woody aromas, the longer you allow it to open the more depth you discover, more roasted coffee, syrup and citrus, more chocolate and crushed sea shells.

Palate: As soon as this dram touches your lips you feel the soft oily texture and then, as it coats the palate a subtle dryness changes the tone. The leading notes from the Oloroso cask and the peat smoke define the identity of the whisky but underneath there is a fruity sweetness – figs, orange and peach with a nutty nougat note. With another sip the darker notes of tobacco, boot polish and more earthy smoke give a pepperiness that really draws you into this magnificent whisky.

Finish: The finish is a dry earthy peat smoke with lime and figs. A chocolate and vanilla note comes through and some salty, sandy character. Peat embers give a last hint of smoke.

Character: This dram will leave you reeling, the Port Charlotte spirit is beautifully matched with the Oloroso casks. The initial blending of whisky has been tailored to suit. It’s another cask exploration that shows the versatility of the Port Charlotte whisky and demonstrates the exceptional quality of casks we source. The kind of dram that makes you fall in love with peated whisky.

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