Port Charlotte The Peat Project
Make up your minds, folks. Make up your minds.
I am, incidentally, speaking to the good people at Bruichladdich (whom we really do love here at ATW), who can’t seem to make up their minds just as to the facade their moderately peated line-up should finally settle upon.
Years back, it started out as Bruichladdich 3D…later morphing into Bruichladdich Peat…further evolving into An Turas Mor..and now, finally, we have The Peat Project coming in under the Port Charlotte moniker. To be clear: this is NOT the same spirit packaged under different pretenses. Each of these is a personality in its own right. Some better than others…none bad…some very good indeed.
The Peat Project falls sort of middle of the pack in terms of my own personal level of appreciation. Well made, and beautifully presented (inherently and aesthetically), but a little toothless in relation to some of its contemporary siblings and obsolete ancestors. This sounds like a rather negative spin, I imagine, but it’s really not meant to be. It’s more a ‘damned by reputation’ kinda scenario. I’m almost measuring this one against potential and past successes. Knowing what the output has been and could be, I can’t help but continue to hold the brand up against high markers.
Either way, do rest assured that this is a safe purchase. You’re not being fleeced for your pay when laying down for this 40ppm bog juice from arguably Scotland’s most respectable distillery. The price is more than fair. The malt…more than fair.
Nose: Sharp and salty. Smoking rubber. Peaty, but not overly so. Lemon Pledge. A bit of sea water. Almost a chlorine note. Touch buttery (as is most ‘Laddie). A sweet candy note. Barley is young and alive. Too young, actually. Best way to describe this one: spirity.
Palate: Man…I would guess this a Kilchoman if tasted blind. This is a YOUNG whisky. Smoke (ahhh…but of course). Quite some tar. Barley cereal notes. Neat mix of lime and ginger.
This is far too light for a PC. Still more than decent, but not up to snuff against the rest of the Port Charlotte releases (including the rather restrained Port Charlotte 10 at 46%)
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt