PortCharlotte 2010 MRC:01 /59,2%/ – The remnants of Port Charlotte Distillery, which ceased operations in 1929 can still be found next to Bruichladdich Distillery. The latter resurrected the brand, in fact Port Charlotte was the first spirit distilled by the new distillery owners on May 29, 2001. Port Charlotte is a peated version of Bruichladdich distilled from malt with phenols’ concentration of 40 ppm; in 2006 it was permanently added to the core range. The MRC:01 expression comprises whisky distilled in 2010 exclusively from Scottish barley and aged in first fill American oak casks and second fill French wine cask then finished in “finest French oak casks from the Bordeaux left bank” (we believe MRC stands for Mouton Rothschild casks). Port Charlotte MRC:01 was bottled in 2008 with an outrun of 8000 bottles.
Nose: smoky and fruity, cherries, raspberries, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, roasted nuts and almonds, milk chocolate, licorice and whiffs of sea breeze.
Palate: peat smoke, mixed berries marmalade, maple syrup, butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, tobacco and just a pinch of salt.
Finish: long and smoky, with notes of red berries, vanilla, licorice, roasted nuts, pepper and charred oak.