Port Charlotte PC12 Oileanach Furachail (2014)
The Port Charlotte PC12 is the 8th release Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte PC series, an annual series of bottlings that began with a 5 year old Port Charlotte. Officially a travel retail whisky, but since its release it has become available on a much wider scale.
Oileanach furachail is Gaelic and refers to the young student carefully observing how the master goes about his work, looking and learning, preparing for the day when the world will sit on his shoulders. In this case the master is Jim McEwan, now Bruichladdich’s former master distiller. The student is Adam Hannett, the current master distiller at Bruichladdich.
Port Charlotte PC12 (58,7%, OB, 12.000 bts.)
Nose: Ashy and coal smoke to start, but immediately followed by a hint of struck matches. Plenty of sherry influence of dates, plums, sultanas and fudge. Some oranges as well.
Taste: Dry and lots of peat smoke. Ash, burned rubber and brine too. Dry sherry notes. Figs, plums and honey. Has a slight nuttiness to it, as well as spicy chilli peppers.
Finish: More burned rubber and peat. Drying. Long.
A very good Port Charlotte with a lovely amount of sherry influence. The subtle amount of sulphur actually adds to the whisky, instead of subtracting.
Photo: Master of Malt
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.