A Sense of Elemental Freedom, Port Charlotte, 7yo, 66.6% – SMWS

We’re taking it in a totally different direction with this Elemental Freedom stuff. Port Charlotte, one of the few numbers I do know from the Society goes for incredible sherry and peat combinations. In most cases accompanied by huge amounts of alcohol.

I’m kind of surprised they didn’t thake the demonic route with this one and changed the label to say 666 promille alcohol, and conjure up some devilish title for the whisky.

Port Charlotte by the SMWS. Image from Whiskybase

Port Charlotte by the SMWS. Image from Whiskybase

Lots of salty peat with iodine. A thick dollop of sweet sherry, Christmas cake with heaps of dried plums and apricots. The sherry and smoke combination also have a nutty and greasy effect as well. Warming and delicious.

Even though it’s a ridiculous abv, it’s more gentle than I expected. The fruit, smoke and sherry are back and after you’ve tasted those the abv starts kicking in. It goes really sharp, and there is a bit of wood influence but not too much. It’s only seven years old after all!

The finish picks up a bit more of what you expect from an Islay whisky with hints of heather and salty peat. The sherry notes stay as well but the fruit fades quickly.

As with many Port Charlottes, technically all of the ones I’ve tried I think, this one is delicious. Even though it’s only seven years old it packs enough flavour to keep you exploring for a while. The sherry is big and powerful but the whisky is a great match and never lets the cask from Spain overpower it. Absolutely delish!

A Sense of Elemental Freedom, Port Charlotte, 7yo, 66.6%, 2003-2010, Refill Sherry Butt, Scotch Malt Whisky Society

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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