Port Charlotte Unreleased - #TheDramOGram
After the success of the 12 Drams and 12 Blends twitter tastings I wanted to do something a bit different so came up with #TheDramOGram which was basically a whole list of people who sent a sample of whisky to the next person on the list, a bit like whisky chinese whispers, but each whisky was sent blind and we were to guess what it was and post guesses and notes on twitter.
My sample went to Yoav (@yoavgel) and the sample i received was from Andrew (@ardbaggie). I had been cruel and sent Yoav a sample of Ardbeg Alligator knowing he wanted a bottle but now i had this sample from Andrew and had no idea what it was.
My notes on the sample from Andrew are below, this whisky came across as an old gent of a whisky, refined and although i knew it was strong in terms of ABV it did not overpower the fantastic flavours from it. It was a very familiar character to me, and I compared it to some Ardbeg's I had in the house and came to the conclusion that it was definitely 100% an Ardbeg whisky, but which one, so after careful whittling down and knowing Andrew's love of sending something thats weird and wonderful i plumpted for something pre Glenmo so an Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton at 57.6%.
Well it turns out i was wrong and although an Islay, this was not an Ardbeg and was infact a Port Charlotte from the Bruichladdich distillery, and a wonderful example of it too. This particular expression is actually a single cask owned by Andrew, aged 10 Years and matured in a Rioja Wine Cask. I would never in a month of Sundays had said it was only 10 Years Old or even from a wine cask so this really blew me away.
Andrew now has the difficult decision of whether or not to bottle this fabulous dram or not, whatever his decision one thing is for sure, he has himself a absolutely fantastic dram here and one that easily drops into my top drams of 2013 and very much into my top 5 all time.
Once again a HUGE thank you to Andrew for allowing me the pleasure of tasting this dram.
theres definite smoke, cigar ash i would say rather than earthy peat, a lot of malt notes in here too underlying notes of citrus fruit sweetness, there's something very familiar about this left in the glass the underlying lemon, lime, tangarine zest citrus fruitness comes out more.
Cigar ash and coal soot with citrus sweetness again and touches of dried fruits Honey and syrup sweetness and a very malty note throughout
HUGE, the finish goes on and on, big ABV on this