Elements of Islay Pl1 (distilled at Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte style), 60%

Price: $101 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Part of an ongoing series, and the first appearance of Port Charlotte. This ain't shy. Assertive with banana, roasted red pepper, paprika, and a hit of barbecued pork glazed with pomegranate molasses. The palate has blazing heat, but also oiliness and real density. The peat doesn't so much rumble as sit there in a cloud: opaque, impenetrable. Even water cannot unlock it. Rooty and tarry, this is not a dram for the fainthearted. £65 (500 ml)