The cabal was broken up a couple of years ago (my fault for leaving), since then we've had a few 50% attendance events, and now...a new dram...
It occurred to us that we have the Micro-provenance Bruichladdich/Port Charlotte MP4, MP5 and MP7 releases, and that although physically drinking together was difficult, a virtual cabal could work - and it would appear to others that we weren't actually drinking alone. Results everywhere!
Due to small technical/organisational issues, we've kicked off the cabal inaugural virtual scotch drinking session with MP5 rather than MP4.
These are small bottles (200ml) releases of individual casks from PC demonstrating specific finishes.
Port Charlotte Cask #1999
d. 17/11/2005 b. 2016 (10 years old), Cask: Fresh bourbon, 56.9%
N: medicinal, rock melon (sweet on nose finish), floral
P: creamy, parmesan, rock melons, fruit salad, sweet honey [A: floral, fresh]
F: long, big warming
very very drinkable at 56.9% : 8.5/10 [we both agreed, scary!]
adding water: honey, smoother, less interesting, but probably the same rating
Port Charlotte Cask #0013
d. 28/11/2005 b. 2016 (10 years old), Cask: Bourbon / Bordeaux, 59.9%
N: old shoes, wine, caramel, chocolate caramel, hint smoke, cream
P: phenol, wine, warm, smooth, surprisingly gentle, chocolate
F: long, builds very slowly, throat clearing
Notes from Bruichladdich: 10years in bourbon, and 9 months in Bordeaux
8/10 the bourbon is subdued, with red wine coming through nicely.
Adding water brings out the wine/berry flavour and warms the finish even more. Very dry finish too (presumably the wine).
Port Charlotte Cask #0005
d. 39/11/2005 b. 2016 (10 years old), Cask: Virgin French Oak, 63.5%
N: dry older wood, smoother, marshmallows, sherbet, rain on freshly cut grass (O3), prickly
P: very sweet marshmallow, muscovado sugar, hint of smoke/bacon
F: warm, sweet, med-long
8.5/10 very different to the other two.
Water: far smoother, more dark sugar comes through.
This virtual tasting worked well, and so you can look forward to more tasting notes in the next few weeks. There's an intention to meet up before xmas for dramas...