Octomore's little brother Port Charlotte from Bruichladdich distillery is the peated NAS equivalent of 'The Classic Laddie'. Bottled at 50% ABV, the nose is obviously spirity and slightly rough with vegetal peatiness, brine and creamy citrus. With water, you get unripe banana, pickles and black pepper. Crisp and zesty in the arrival, the taste develops dry and mineral with honeydew melon, herbal spiciness and hints of oak. The finish is lasting and delicate with peat smoke and green tea. Although a bit pricey, it's not bad for a relatively young Islay Single Malt.
Not so "heavily peated" as its introduction can make expect. More smoke on the nose than on the palate, that's quite fresh and full of green apple flavours. A bit disappointing at first taste, it reveals quite interesting once it gets some air. A drop of water can be helpful to smooth its 50% alcohol edges.
Overall there is rather sharp, crudely woody character, typical of younger expressions. After PC An Turas Mor tasting (which was more smoky and peaty) I expected more. Presents itself as a younger, immature brother.
Saltiness, iodine, something like dead crabs / crab meat?
Oily, heavy in the mouth, Some peat in its weaker form. Lot of wood and harshness. Wound benefit from a drop of water.