On the night of the 2nd Annual Kipling Road Whisky Fest, I was reminded by Miracle Max that I was 1/3 owner of a bottle of very rare and very expensive Single Malt Whisky (only 18,000 bottles were distributed and the average price is $120 for 750ml). Luckily, Miracle Max was in an especially generous mood and passed along the bottle to me for free (he also let us sample from his VERY extensive whisky collection!).
The Port Charlotte PC6 Cuairt-Beatha (“Walk of Life”) is distilled by Bruichladdich on Islay. It is a 6 year old (distilled in 2001 and bottled in September of 2007), heavily peated whisky that is bottled at 61.6% ABV. This is one potent and fiery whisky!
Color: Golden honey.
Nose: Peat smoke, burnt sugar, vanilla. Adding water mellows it out quite a bit and brings out some floral notes.
Taste: This one definitely needs some water! Drinking it straight makes it difficult to taste anything other than alcohol and smoke. Salty, spicy, smokey, with a wee bit of sweetness at the end. This whisky coats the tongue, and leaves a long, tingly finish.
This is a very interesting whisky. You don’t really appreciate how smooth the older whiskies are until you sample something considerably younger. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this whisky. It has a fire and intensity that tends to disappear as a whisky matures. Let’s call it an excellent diversion. I give it a B.