I opened this for my 400th review on reddit.com’s /r/Scotch subreddit. That’s where I first started keeping a record of the whiskies I’ve tried and found a really amazing, informal community of like minded whisky lovers.
This is a bottle I brought back from my trip to Islay last year. It’s from one of the two casks available there from which visitors could bottle their own whisky. I actually had a tough choice between a bottle of their 2016 Feis Ile bottling and this one, went with this in the end.
The current series of Port Charlotte casks at the distillery are part of the “Cask Exploration” series of whiskies matured in some odd cask types. The one when I was there was a Viognier cask. This is a type of white wine known for being quite fruity and full bodied. Other than Sauternes white wine cask matured whiskies are not very common and this one really turned out to be special.
Aged 9 years. 60.8% ABV. Matured in a Viognier wine cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and hand bottled at cask strength from cask #2175 on 11/07/16 by me.
Nose: Very lactic. Rich vanilla and caramel candies. Some peat but not very pronounced, leads to a nice wood smoke note. Aromatic wood, cedar. Fresh red fruits and berries. Hints of radish. Sweetened beef jerky. Black wine gums. Nutmeg and paprika. After some glass time some notes of germolene show up.
Palate: Salty, earthy and loads of sandalwood (I love the smell of sandalwood). Glace cherries. Maple syrup. More rich caramel candies and germolene.
Finish: Long. Wood smoke. Basted meat. Wood tannins. Camphor. Wood spice. Sandalwood. Maple Syrup. Leaves the mouth quite dry.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This is an amazing whisky. It’s very rich but not cloying and has an amazing balance of sweet and deep aromatic notes. I fell in love with the rich character and the amazing sandalwood notes and am really glad I brought a bottle of it home with me. Really appropriate for such a milestone review.