Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Stated Age
16 years old
Number of bottles
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Sep 2017 10:25 am by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 355.00

29 × in wishlist

77 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2001 Arc

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.13 points

  1. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Today I revisit this from a recently opened bottle in my collection. My scoring of 90 from 2017 was from a sample received from friends. Enjoyed it very much at that time so let's see how it is now.

    Nose begins with freshly cooked bacon grease, ash, tropical fruits, then some tire rubber, smoke and just of touch of iodine.

    Palate starts soft with honey and tropical fruits before getting to campfire smoke with a slightly tangy and pleasant bitter note ending out before the finish.

    The finish continues where the palate left off with fading honey and tropical fruits followed by pepper, smoke, crisp bacon and wood spices.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


    Nose: beautiful nose. There are some farmy notes (wet sheep) and wet ashes, but also lots of fruits. Mango, melons, bananas. Fatty, greasy peat. Tarry ropes. Hints of pipe tobacco, including a hint of vanilla and white chocolate. The fruitiness and richness are great.
    Mouth: sweet onset but less fruity than expected from the nose. Dry smoky notes and then a big mineral side with some herbal, faintly bitter edges. Mexican peppers.
    Finish: long, on smoke, minerals and a cautious return of sweetness.The bright fruitiness and the typical Port Charlotte smokiness combine wonderfully here. Although the palate is less surprising, this is my favourite bottling of this series.

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A terrific Port Charlotte, which makes me curious to wait for more barrels of this age. The price is very ambitious, which scares me to put a complete bottle in the closet. However, I am very happy to have shared a bottle. Geiler shit! Water is highly recommended!
    • Nose
      Baconous and fat smoke, but not intrusive, in between expresses a mango, as they could be barely sweeter, star fruit, baked apple, the alcohol is terrifically involved, you have to really ranziehen that you feel the 60%, water intensifies the yellow Fruits even and adds a beautiful coton tone to the whole
    • Taste
      Very sweet first touch on the tongue, then the alcohol makes slight pressure and the smoke comes into play at the same time, here dominate now more citrus notes and a mineral note a la Springbank, very beautiful and overall extremely creamy, with water it is even creamier and each Quantity of vanilla comes to it
    • Finish
      Wow, what a fight between fruit notes and smoke, but here nobody wins, at the same time spread smoke and yellow tropical fruits

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1668
    • Nose
      Iodized smoke. Lemon and tangerine. Green malt that asserts itself. Then a real basket of fruits that unfolds! Port Charlotte the most fruity I have tasted, I think.
    • Taste
      Juicy and fruity, it is creamy. Peppery, peaty, spicy, it is as deep. Equilibrium quite remarkable.
    • Finish
      Sweet spices, oily. Strength and finesse. Slight bitterness.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This was the 5th dram in a line up of 6 Archives whiskies.
    • Nose
      88 88
      During the last weeks I have tasted quite some Port Charlotte's. As such (like for Springbank and Ledaig) the nose is very recognizable to me. Smell of burned rubber, ash, sweet peat-smoke and BBQ flavors enter the nose. The nose improves when giving it air and water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full body; Sweet peat-smoke. Pretty fat and oily.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish. Peat-smoke all over.

      Another day at the office with this PC. One-dimensional maybe? Could be, but why change something that is very good.

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of an 6 dram Archives line up I did with friends.
    • Nose
      Strong nose. Typical Islay nose. Pleasant fruitiness wrapped in a coating of Bonfire & ashes. It’s rather straight forward and there is not a whole lot of development. Initially it’s rather strong on alcohol. The nose is rather clean for a normally more dirty and farmy Laddie nose. After a while I get dried cigar leafs, something I do like very much in a whisky. Also some freshness which I find hard to specify.
    • Taste
      On the palate there is a good buildup in layers. Peated fruitiness, dried polished oak and after a while more peppery hints. Again here it’s rather predictable and not very surprising.
    • Finish
      Medium/long. There is more minty flavors and dried herbal flavors as well in the finish. But again here it’s a little more like what you see is what you get. What I do like a lot is the fresh, herbal finale.

      All together it’s certainly not a bad whisky and I do enjoy it quite a bit at several points. But the biggest part is more or less exactly what one might expect from an Islay whisky in terms of flavor, and not a lot more then that. A port Charlotte is better and more characterful when aged in ex sherry casks, in my opinion.

  8. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I like my Port Charlottes better on sherry. This is too clean in my opinion. Nice fruity, but the ash'y and bonfire aroma's are dominant. Not much development, fine at what it does but not very exiting.

  9. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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