Bruichladdich continues with Cask Explorations. Of course it is again a single cask without unnecessary cooling filtration or the expendable E105a. Conspicuous at first glance, matching the spring beginning of 2016 has come on the labels of Lenz. It presents itself in a colorful way, the current Port Charlotte PC 07 Valinch, where previously it was dominated by gray. From the pure frame data, he is with 9 completed years the most recent CE Valinch. As always, when you follow someone's great, you have a hard time. I find myself wondering whether the new guy will be able to compete with Cuan-Àrd, his immediate predecessor. The latter had impressed me very much. Where do we start? Since it is a Rivesaltes storage, without previous Bourbon ripening or other ACE'ing and Rivesaltes may not be as familiar as other types of barrels, we first take a look to France. In the French wine-growing region Rivesaltes, named after the town of the same name, wine is traditionally grown on stony terraces. It is mainly produced fortified liqueur wine, so-called Vin Doux Naturel, in whose production, the fermentation is inhibited by the addition of alcohol. During the oxidative expansion in barrel or fermenting balloon, the wine is fully exposed to the weather fluctuations. Cold and heat make it mature disproportionately fast and take on a brownish color. Sounds really good in theory. Practically I have to say, however, unlike Madeira, Banyuls or Pomerol Rivesaltes maturations have me at best moderately convinced. Eye / Nose: Very nice tone, caramel. Chaste brown like the Rivesaltes itself. The nose brings a mix of alcoholic notes and smoked cereal, some sweetness reminding me of chopped raisins. A certain similarity to Kilchoman can not be denied due to the grain influences. No pastry notes, as you can usually expect in a Laddie distillate. Rather little smoke for a PC. The alcohol decreases slightly in the glass over time, leaving more room for the other influences. Very beautiful. Palate: Sneaky! At the lips and Zugenspitze he sneaks past smooth, then it makes out of nowhere "BOOM" and felt the whole mouth is in short flames. 64.7% ABV are already a house number - you have to like. Like being kicked by a horse. Two teaspoons of water tame it, but it is an extremely violent effect. Now the other notes are wonderfully effective. Soaked prunes, hazelnuts, raisins. Fantastic taste. Two spoons of water give it a grandiose elegance without losing its power. Finish / Conclusion: Of course, the smoke now takes the space he deserves. The finish is pleasantly sweet, probably the residual sweetness from the wine barrel. Still the slight raisin note. The finish is shorter than in the previous PCs. Although here, the few drops of water have an unreservedly positive effect. Typically Rivesaltes, which can be used both as a digestif and as an aperitif. Towards the end, a bit of cold ashtray remains. Tip: be sure to sniff the glass the next morning. A fantastic scent of freshly cut wood, like a sawmill. The smoky note is reminiscent of burnt wood. Maybe the sheet was a little hot.