Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011 8 Years (2021)
After having recently enjoyed participating in Bruichladdich’s virtual Feis Ile celebrations, it’s time to review one of their whiskies that was launched before all that, the Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011 8 Years. It is part of the distillery’s Cask Exploration series, which has previously featured the Port Charlotte OLC:01 and MRC:01.
This latest addition to the series celebrates the convergence of French and Scottish provenance. As we’ve come to expect, the Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011 is made from 100% Scottish barley (Concerto, to be exact) peated at 40 ppm. Two parcels of Port Charlotte have been combined to create the PAC:01.
First a parcel that initially matured in first-fill American whiskey casks, followed by a two year finish in first-fill casks that previously held red wine from the Pauillac region of France. The other parcel also started out its life in first-fill American whiskey casks, but instead was finished for one year in second-fill casks from the same French wine region.
Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011 8 Years (56.1%, OB, 2021)
Nose: Quite farmy with a subtle wine influence. Plenty of hay and straw accompanied by gentle wood smoke and sweet peat, as well as hazelnuts, oyster liquor and a fresh sea breeze. There’s a subtle minerality, tinned pineapple and sultanas. Finally a whisper of cinnamon and cloves.
Taste: Lovely oily texture. A spicy arrival with soot and sweet peat, as well as some honey, marshmallows and barley husks. Whiff of walnuts, rubber and charred citrus peel as well.
Finish: Lingering spices, smoke and bandages.
Another excellent Port Charlotte. But aren’t they all? Well, okay, almost all.
Sample provided by Bruichladdich
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.