Port Charlotte has been bottled annually in an official form since 2006 when it was five years old. These annual releases have been exceptionally popular but it is the independent expressions that have shown most flair and attracted most attention. Port Charlotte's typical characters are a thick, oily peat flavour with further notes of green and white fruits with lots of smaller complexities like minerals, metallic notes and plenty coastal and subtle medicinal aspects as well. Port Charlotte shines particularly well in sherry, many of the young Bloodtub bottlings that have appeared have been utterly stunning and are well worth seeking out if you can find a bottle. It matures a little slower in bourbon but still displays wonderful old school characteristics and complexities. As with its bigger brother Octomore it should be a fascinating whisky to watch evolve in the coming years and hopefully these phenomenal sherried expressions will continue to appear. Proof above all else that, despite all the nonsense, the new owners of Bruichladdich do really know how to make a good whisky when they want to.