This is a 10 year Port Charlotte that was matrued in an ex-oloroso sherry cask and bottled by The Maltman at 53.1% ABV.
Nose: Big, thick sherry notes with underlying strong peat – motor oil, burning leaves, and a strong cantaloupe note.
Palate: Peat really opens up here taking over the sherry – it’s full of oak tannins and sultanas with some charcoal and grassy malt notes.
Finish: Cherries and figs with sawdust, pungent peat, and burnt barbecue meat bits.
Rating: 90/100 – A very solid Port Charlotte with a great balance of peat/sherry. I’m a sucker for sherry finished peated drams, and this one hits a lot of the right notes for me.
Value for the money: This retailed online for about €100 without VAT which was a great price in my opinion. I wouldn’t pay any more than $130 or so for a bottle.