Port Charlotte 10 yo 2003/2013 (63.1%, Scoma, sherry hogshead, cask #617, 290 bottles)
Yes a total monster, most probably. Colour: office coffee. Nose: Very
sulphury, but I think there’s ‘good’ sulphur (matches, guns) and ‘bad’
sulphur (ard-boiled eggs, cooked cabbage). It’s the former situation
that’s occurring here, with also notes of coal dust (or, as I sometimes
say, brake pads after the Nordschleife), used fireworks, charcoal,
ashtray, bitter chocolate, liquorice… This is quite spectacular, but
sometimes they don’t swim well when the sherry’s ‘like that’. Let’s
figure out… With water: magic. Sake, cigars, soy sauce, umami… It gets
very ‘Japanese’. Mouth (neat): gives you some kind of wafer when
unreduced! Bang! I get some heavy smoky liquorice, but other than that,
it tends to numb your palate, so, quick… With water: wonderful
sherry/peat combo. Leather, tobacco, strawberry jam, cassis bud tea,
marmalade… Perfect. Finish: very long, with a bitter/leathery side that
works to perfection here, and a sweeter Campari-like aftertaste.
Comments: big, fat, and excellent. SGP:567 - 90 points.