Blind Tasting Competition day 14: Port Charlotte PC11, 59.5%

So, the end of the competition is drawing close, but there’s still room to get some points. Even so, if I would get 100 points per day now, and nobody else would too, I’d still win.

You can guess I like fantasy stories, right? Anyway, I’m massively screwing up everyday and in most cases getting any points at all is more based on blind luck than anything else.

Yesterday’s random Jura was a big miss with only 8 points based on ABV, which used to be my biggest scoring category anyway, but hasn’t been for a couple years now. Maybe I should change how I taste whiskies in general, but that seems like a big hassle.

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

It’s quite funky, with a lot of sherry. Even some sulfur and varnish. Putty and soup spices. Strangely, this all works and makes for an interesting and tasty nose. It’s quite old fashioned in the way the wood works with all this, the distillate is very heavy. There’s something crisp at the end too, mint or basil or pine. It’s timid, and with all the other scents being so heavy it’s hard to pin down.

The palate has a lot more bite than the nose made me expect. It’s quite sharp even, somewhat sweeter than the nose. The crisp thingy is still here, with apple and alcohol. Some oak, flint and spring water.

Full, bitter and sweet. Some oak and sherry. Quite long and spicy.

Throughout this all there is a whiff of smoke, but not enough to make me think of Islay at all. I was thinking more of a Benromach (the 100 proof one, because of the ABV). It’s quite similar to that, even after watering this down and comparing it to the Benromach 10 at 43%.

A very interesting and tasty whisky, a very old fashioned profile I really enjoy and fits right in the category of whisky of yesteryear that’s popular at the moment. At least, with me.

Of course, I was wrong. It turned out to be a Port Charlotte which, strangely, is one of the most peated whiskies around. I didn’t pick up on that at all.

Also, what this tells me is that I’m glad I didn’t buy the PC11, since for the same money I would have bought 2.5 bottles of Benromach 100 Proof, which I find almost identical, at least in style. Money saved (or rather, spent on different bottles).

I did like this whisky a lot though. Kudos to Bruichladdich for making awesome stuff. And it got me 30 points since the age I guessed was only one year off!

Port Charlotte, PC11, 59.5%. Currently available for some € 180.


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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