Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 @bruichladdich

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01
57.8% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Colouring
£67.99 from Travel Retail
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Nose.
Intense smoking seaside shacks, with a farmyard encrusted wheelbarrow full of wet seaweed smouldering away! Fruit is present int he form of scalded and burnt black skinned mango, dried fruits, some sultana all overcooked and crispy, in a very very excellent way. The fruitcake is burnt and I bloody love it! With a little more time we get more burnt things, a touch of baby back ribs complete with BBQ glaze, farm notes rise as do the seaside notes.  Another whisky that evolves in the glass very successfully and needs time to enjoy to the max.  A big dram and time is all you need.
Palate.
Intensely sweet arrival, the rum casks being very evident, a blast (but not too hot) of alcohol heat quickly subsides and then the fun begins.  Wave after wave of mossy, earthy peat smoke, BBQ, Charred fruit and burnt end kebabs on a beach.  The mouthfeel, again oily, rich and coating. Some pepper and chilli spices coat the fruit and meat, a touch of salted caramel, and even hints of cocoa.
Finish.
The charred fruit, accompanied by oak, seaside air, more meat and associated sauces last a small eternity (thats a long length finish), so slowly levelling out, into a heartwarming glow of a chest hug.  Bloody lovely stuff.
Adding Water.
A few drops added and a little waiting time. The nose has got a lot sweeter, and burnt treacle toffee rich. The palate, with the toned down alcohol has a lovely additional depth of sweetness, with the meatiness, still present, but lessened, and that gives a lot more maritime, brown sugar encrusted joy around the whole development.  The finish is super long, sweet, smoky, meaty, caramelised, bloody, bloody, bloody lovely.  This is fantastic, flavoursome, fricking beautiful whisky.  Love it.
Conclusion.
I love it….Thats it, its bloody gorgeous stuff, everything PC is about, and I want it…I guess the I need to save for more than the trip when it comes to the next airport visit!!!
Thanks to Bruichladdich and World Duty Free for the invitation to the Tweet Tasting. 

Bruichladdich – Laddie Eight @bruichladdich

Bruichladdich – Laddie Eight
50% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Colouring
£44.99 from Travel Retail
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Nose.
On the first sniff we have an abundance of creamy maltiness. The malting room itself. With a light smoky whiff in the air. Stewed Apples and pears, with a touch of soft exotic fruits, yellow cantaloupe. Bird’s custard powder, vanilla heavy. Maritime notes, sea air back up the nasal experience. A little time in the glass and more oak char becomes evident, and the seaside notes increase. A little more time and more citrus and lemon fill the nose, this is an evolving nose, that demands some time to allow to breath and give its fullness. More sweet shop confectionary sugar as time goes by, with a hint of farmyard (in a very good way). My my, this is busy busy busy.
Palate.
The arrival is sweet, then tart with the lemon juice hitting the palate and some heat from the alcohol, once subsided we get waves of toffee, syrup, honey enriched softer, sweeter lemons (lockets without the menthol), sweet creamy vanilla custard. Malty biscuit. The mouthfeel is sublime and coating, lovely natural oils as with all Bruichladdich’s expressions. An intense moreish sippability which has had me going back time and again.
Finish.
The sweet custard and honey sticks around for a medium/long duration, slowly drying out with some of the oak cask char from the nose finalising the experience.
Adding Water.
A few drops added and time set aside. The nose is now bursting with fruit, lemon intense, sweet, juicy and uncompromising. The honey has become more floral.  The palate now has seamless arrival and delivery with the alcohol heat tonned down, allowing for more sweetness, fruit intensity, with the delicious creaminess only becoming more so. Mouthfeel is still thick, and you can slosh this around in the mouth forever.  The finish is creamy, touch of charred oak, longer, fruitier and all round delicious.
Conclusion.
A beautiful Bruichladdich. 8 years old but feeling older in the experience.  Its a shame this isn’t a more readily available expression, but its one I will be seeking out next time Im airport bound, which fortunately isn’t far away.
Thanks to Bruichladdich and World Duty Free for the invitation to the Tweet Tasting.