Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Port Charlotte An Turas Mor. OB. 46%. 70cl. 100% American oak maturation.
Colour: Light Honey.
Nose: Big straight peat over lots of oiliness, engine oil, old boilers and a little waxy. It immediately has that quality I love in a peated whisky, a perfect balance of coastal, industrial and farmy characters. There are some lovely lemony, sharp, mineral seashore aromas with the industrial oiliness and something like old stables and barns. A real mix of qualities so far. There are some quite soft green fruit characters and a lick of sweet vanilla from the bourbon, everything in its place though, nothing dominates too much. Given time the nose starts to reveal more complexities, walnut oil, furniture polish, a little mint leaf and even some coconut. Its amazing how Port Charlotte can have such a definite peat quality but little in the way of medicinal character, very unusual for something peated as high as 40ppm.
Palate: Dusty straw, damp sackcloth, old oily rags and lots of young, green, gristy peat. A little more soft sweetness on the palate with vanilla cream and custard flavours being quite prominent. Not so much happening on the palate yet
I might add water though I dont normally for 46% drams. Not too much development with water, its softer but there still isnt much fruit. Its very tightly composed and flavoursome but it doesnt deliver the kind of complexity the nose was suggesting. Still very tasty and drinkable though, I can imagine this disappearing down the necks of a few poker players over the course of an evening.
Finish: Medium to long length with more young, grassy, turfy peat flavours and some citrus and lanolin elements as well.