Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011, 56.1%

Price: $130 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

This year's edition of the Port Charlotte Cask Exploration Series was aged in French oak red wine casks from Bordeaux's Pauillac region. Sweet peat on the nose, honey, sugared banana slices, vanilla flan, barley sugar, green apple, and fresh-cut grass. The palate offers charcoal, bonfire, and pepper spice, with water taming the peat and drawing out candied lemon, orange, apricot, sweet tea, and cinnamon spice. A fiery but serenely refined peat profile.