50% | 70cl | High Strength | NCF | 40ppm | Islay
Port Charlotte 10 Year Old has been conceived, distilled, matured and bottled on Islay. The smoke is calmed by the marine, ozone character, time has brought a balance, a harmony in the combination of oak, smoke and spirit.
NOSE: While the smoke is always discernible on the nose it is dry, earthy, peat ash in its style and so allows the oak to come forward with golden caramel, fudge, vanilla custard, hints of ginger, nutmeg and clove.
There is citrus fruit, coaxed from the glass with a drop of water, gentle lemon meringue and clementine.
PALATE: Smoke wraps loosely around the sweetness drawn from deep within the oak. Coconut, vanilla custard, lemon honey combines with smoked oysters and sun baked salty sand.
FINISH: The finish is sublime, smoky sure, but also the soft sweetness of fudge and malted barley, orange, mango and Banoffee pie hinting of the depth and quality of the oak. As the smoke comes and goes so too the notes of the spirit, ripe apple and apricot, beautifully intertwined with malt and oak sweetness and dry smoke.