Is it time to review some Feis Ile 2019 whiskies? Sure it is, there’s no official season to review specific whiskies…
Let’s start with an indie bottling for Feis Ile 2019 done by Dramfool and it’s a 14 Year Old Port Charlotte in first fill Sherry hogshead which was personally selected for Ian Gray (the Scottish artist) by Jim McEwan (back when Jim was still at Bruichladdich).
299 bottles at 53.4% were produced from this cask
Dramfool Port Charlotte 14 Year Old Feis Ile 2019 (53.4%, £135)
Nose: Sweet and leathery, dried sour and sweet berries and plums (mirabelles and purple), cigar leaves, cherries filled chocolate, earthy peat, smoke. Wt dark chocolate, old library shelves, old leather and aged cigar.
Palate: Intense, thick and full bodied, jammy soursweet dried fruit, bright sour cherries, grounded espresso paste, sweet dried plums, cured meat, peat, smoke, then a more straightforward sweetness, coffee and chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg and cigar leaves.
Finish: Long as route 66, peat smoke, chimney, soursweet plums, cigar, leather and chocolaty, slightly burnt wood.
Thoughts: What a belter! This is a fantastic Sherry cask and it has to be one of the best Port Charlotte I ever tasted. Unfortunately it’s sold out but you may get lucky and find it on auctions.