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Review: Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

20 Sep
Distillery: Bruichladdich

Bottling: Distillery
Age Statement: No Age Statement
Brand type: Port Charlotte Multi-vintage (An Turas Mor)
ABV: 46%
Price: $90-$110
Where Scotchfinder found it: Royal Mile Whiskies


Review
Full disclosure: I have a fondness for Bruichladdich. I also am in full love with the PC series. Let us begin:

Port Charlotte – Multi-vintage
(An Turas Mor)


Nose: 22
**Sniff sniff** Mmmmm. Smells like peat. Metallic (some would call it citrusy notes) peat. Heavy metal peat… but with a weakness that the others in the series do not have. Where art thou? I’m really struggling to dig my huge nostrils into this one. When I catch it, though, yum.


Body: 22
Medium oiliness.

Taste: 21
Burst of immediate pepperiness. This one hangs out on the back of the roof of your mouth, but does not stain your mouth like the other non-multi-vintage. The smoky peat is good, but again, why so weak? I know it was reduced to 46% from the low 60%s, but it really shows. It may be more palatable at a lower alcohol level, but boy does it suffer in an overall way.

Finish: 22
The sweetness of this bad boy shows itself dancing on top of the smoky peatness. It has a fairly quick finish, though. You still feel aftershocks, but mostly as a faint rumble in the background.

I really had the highest of hopes for this one, but I feel that Jim McEwan knew what he was doing when he released this bad boy in its individual parts as PC5 through PC8. I love you, Port Charlotte. I will drink this one when I do not want to damage my lovely parental bottles.

Scotchfinder Total: 87

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My New Favorite Distillery – SPOILER ALERT!!!! It’s Bruichladdich.

30 Aug
I have been a bad Scotchfinder. All of the people out there that need my assistance in finding the greatest value for their whisky cash have been accumulated fists and fists of slowly deteriorating (via inflation) greenbacks with nothing to blow it on. Well have no fear! I’m back!

I have done my best to update my scotch stash list in the right-hand bar. I did some cleaning out (goodbye, Laphroaig 15-year, Isle of Jura Superstition, Ledaig 10-year, and Longrow CV). **SINGLE TEAR**

My wife and I took an amazing trip to Scotland. D**n right. Scotland. With this in mind, I have about 1,000 posts that I could post. I could also slap you in front of a slide projector (for the kids, click here to see what a slide projector is) and make you look at all 1,000+ photos we took on the trip, too. Both seem like really bad ideas, wouldn’t you agree?

Here are the Scotch Whisky highlights in order of coolness:

  1. On my visit to Bruichladdich, I got to meet my hero, Jim McEwan. He also took us on a private tour! Why? Because THE Scotchfinder was visiting him? You’d probably have to ask him about that, but my vote is that he would say, “Who? What are you talking about??”
  2. The Bruichladdich tasting room was the most generous, impressive, welcoming, and NOT like a whisky factory where you are treated like a sheep.I spent two days on Islay. My new favorite place on Earth.
  3. I got to visit all of my favorite smoked-out distilleries: Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and Bruichladdich.
  4. My visit to The Royal Mile Whisky Shop was a 3 hour ordeal where the staff was completely welcoming and over the top patience with the Finder dude.
  5. Edinburgh Castle visit. Speechless on this one.
  6. I visited the Talisker distillery, but ended up running into about three wild peacocks wandering along the road.
The best of the best goes to Bruichladdich for giving my wife and me such a wonderful welcome. They really made us feel special and there was really no reason in the world they had any obligation or incentive to do so. Maybe it is their charm. Maybe it is the fact that they remind me of all the 1990s rockers who swore they would never sell out (before actually selling out). From the feel at the distillery, it would take a serious financial meltdown for them to ever give in to the pressures of any other distillery out there.

Bruichladdich already has my favorite line of whiskies in existence (Jim McEwan’s PC series). Now they stole my heart.

For all of this, they are now my favorite distillery. Go ahead, ask me.

I will try my best to focus and give bits of the above events in coming postings. I really just needed to get a little warmed up!

Bassin’s and a Stash of Great Scotch Finds!!!

6 Oct

Hey everyone! I thought I would post a red alert to the fact that Addy Bassin’s MacArthur Beverages on MacArthur Boulevard in Washington, DC has a few amazing bottles that I have never seen here in town, especially here in DC! All unreasonably priced…. too low! It pained me to walk out of there with zero of these unbelievable gems.

Actual photo @ 7:10pm 10/5/2010

In order of rarity and amazing deal:

  1. PC6 $113. Two bottles in stock.
  2. Octomore 2nd Edition$126. Two bottles in stock.
  3. PC7 – $91. One bottle in stock. I paid $150 for this one and had to have it shipped through New York City. Needless to say, I was pretty shocked/pissed/dumbfounded!
  4. Ardbeg Corryvreckan – I can see a few bottles on the shelf. I’m sure it is under $100 if I know Bassin’s. This one pops its head up locally now and then, but it usually is not on the same shelf for very long.
  5. Ardbeg Supernova 2010 Edition – Several bottles. They have been rotating their stock really well since my friends and I wiped out their entire stock a couple of months ago! If my experience has taught me anything, I feel that this one is going to be a new mainstay for the foreseeable future in the Ardbeg line-up along with…
  6. Ardbeg Uigeadail – Several bottles. Last time I saw a price on this one, it was $69.99. That is the most sick price I’ve ever seen for this bottle which you normally can’t be found for less than $90. I believe that this one will also be around for years to come, but you won’t find this one at your local VABC or Montgomery County liquor store! And definitely not at this price.
I recommend that you give them a call, give them your credit card number and pick one of these awesome bottles up while you can. These bottles are ALL killer bottles and would make great gifts.
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Yeah, I know. Those last few sentences sounded like an advertisement. I assure you that I am only looking out for your scotch well-being. I get no commission for this one.

UPDATE 10/6/2010 1:55PM
The one PC7 and one of the PC6s in stock are now gone.

PC7 – the Destroyer!

26 Jan

I think one of the hardest things for me to do is to pour myself a small dram of something delicious and then attempt to post about it as I sip.

O! Port Charlotte! How you make me weak in the knee.

This amazing piece of work was put into physical form by the recently (as in the past 10 years) revived Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, Scotland. They decided to release a new line of whisky in respect and vein of the long-closed Port Charlotte distillery. Bruichladdich decided on the name PC5, PC6, PC7, and PC8 designating the age in the accompanying digit. All have received rave upon rave from many popular sources in the whisky world (aka Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible). You can check out their official Bruichladdich website here, but do not get your hope up for an extravagant display like Glenmorangie’s souped up site. Bruichladdich appears to me as an amazing down-home kind of distillery (still privately owned) that has retained much of its original character from the past. You can read about the Port Charlotte line history here. I am not entirely sure why their website looks like I wrote the source code in notepad.

The new PC5, PC6, PC7, and PC8 bottlings’ artwork is very contemporary, too, and really strays from the classic looks of most of the other scotch bottle artwork. I have heard many onlookers comment on how cool the bottle looks, though it looks more like an American release of some sort.

I am getting off track! Back to the whisky itself:

PC7 is almost one-of-a-kind. If I had not had a taste of PC5 and PC6 at The Williard’s Scotch Bar at the Round Robin in downtown Washington, DC, I would have been just as dumbfounded as I was when I tasted those two earlier releases. PC7 is the third installment of the PC (Port Charlotte) line of whiskies. As the whisky is getting older, the punch is calming down quite a bit. But when I am comparing the punch of Mike Tyson to Evander Hollifield, that punch is still going to hurt something awful.

The alcohol content is high (ABV 61%)–even for a cask strength release–and should not be taken lightly. A splash of water does not even come close to putting out the knockout one-two punch this dram offers up and no one would ever blame you for the move. The tang (often referred to as “fruit” flavored by the pros) on the tongue is also unmistakable. The finish is laden with a peat fire that lingers for quite a long time in the most delicious of manners around your entire palate.

I have sat down for a long time with the PC7 and it has yet to disappoint me. I find that if I try to switch from it to something else, the follow-up glass always seems to fall short.

Maybe it is because this one has been attempting to completely wipe my tongue clean of taste buds with its high alcohol content. Can that happen…? If it can, this one will almost certainly do it!