This is part 7 of the numbered Port Charlotte series from Bruichladdich. This expression was aged in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at 61% ABV.
Nose: Big, bold peat with heavy yeast and fresh dough notes. Maple syrup atop a bed of sheet cake and tres leches with some vanilla pudding and smoke in the background.
Palate: Extremely strong/pungent peat right up front paired with heavy burning leaves/dried grass smoke. Some lemon juice cuts through the smoke with some savory thyme seasoned burnt brisket ends and a bit of cotton.
Finish: Strong peat remains with malt chocolate and a dry smoke.
Rating: 90/100 – The first “PC” release I’ve tried, and it’s one that tends to get most of the hype in my experience (along with PC6). Quite good and way peatier than I was expecting – almost Octomore levels. Lots of interesting notes going on here though which is a pleasant surprise for such strong peat/smoke flavors.
Value for the money: You don’t see these at retail all too often anymore, but when you do, they tend to be around $160 in my experience. I’d pay that for a bottle of this, but not sure I’d pay a whole lot more.