...which sounded interesting but actually is not. The wine cask maturation did not really integrate with the spirit and the additional flavours vanish quickly both in the nose and on the palate. This is what sometimes happens with double maturations including a wine cask - the two rather fight each other instead of creating a balanced profile. Nonetheless, this is a fine dram to sip...
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a somewhat strange combo of heavy peaty and sour-cheesy winey aromas first but the cheesy off-notes vanish quickly upon breathing. The peaty notes grow stronger as do the wooden aromas while the wine retreats a little. To be honest, this is not my favourite peaty profile - but it is not bad at all, no doubt.
The taste is barley sugary-sweet, winey-sour and peaty-bitter with the bitterness dominates the longer I chew this dram. As with the nose the wine impressions retreat over time and the classic Port Charlotte profile remains on the palate which is not bad but it is not impressive either. Some water turns both the nose and taste punchier while more water flattens both quickly. I clearly prefer the neat dram.
The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a minor coating effect only, surprisingly. There are some bitter-astringent moments from the heavy peat too but they are not distracting. The finish is of medium length only (which corresponds to the minor mouth coating) and dries out on cold ashes towards the end.