Distillery: Port Charlotte
Name: Cask Exploration 06 – Cuan-Ard
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: Don’t remember
Cask Type: Grenache Blanc
Cask #: 1615
Bottle #: 377 of 432
Nose: Peat, metallic, earthy, sultana
Palate: Peat, fleshy fruity, citrus, berries
Finish: Long, peaty, spicy
Yet another purchase as part of my 2016 Scotland holiday when I visited the Bruichladdich distillery and is a distillery only release. For those who do not know, Port Charlotte is a lovely little village just down the road from the distillery and represents Bruichladdich’s heavily peated range (although not as high as the Octomore range).
It has a darker colour than I expected from a white wine grape, more like it has been in a second fill sherry cask to be honest. The nose however is closer to what I expected, light, peaty but not smokey with some metallic notes. There is also a dirty earth quality to it which is strangely inviting with a touch of sultana too.
Palate is richer than the nose with peat hitting the foreground but plenty of fruit running in the background along with that dirty earthy quality too. The fruit is a cross between light fleshy fruits and citrus fruits with a touch of berry in there too which gives it the extra depth. The ABV is noticeable on the palate so does work well with just a touch of water for those who don’t like a bite in their dram. This does greatly reduce the spicy finish however and takes it from a long, warming, spicy peated finish to quite a short metallic finish.
This is a great dram, all year round. It’s peaty so great in the summer months which is when I tend to favour a peated dram but it has a richness and complexity that also works well in the winter months. There is lots going on in this one but it is really well balanced so no overpowering flavours.