Port Charlotte 2002 - Double Wood

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Refill Bourbon + Fresh Haut-Brion Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Kjell Öberg
Added on
15 Sep 2017 8:19 am by whiskystore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 165.00

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2002 - Double Wood

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With Water:-

     The nose changes little, perhaps its a little fresher?

     The peat is much stronger, it has been let loose, its not an aggressive peat but there is definately plenty of power and the palate is full fat and creamy, ah now the fruit arrives and its more on apple this time.

     Finish is still long, peaty and sweet.

     Very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, briny, jammy, almond tart (the jam part mainly), black currants and something meaty, sausages I think with hints of fried onion, great :)

      It is like a cross between Laphroaig and Talisker, what's not to like with that combination?
    • Taste
      There is an initial blast of peat but there is an overlying fruity sweetness to it which keeps it in check, I assume that is from the Haut Brion cask?

      Salted caramel, black currant, plum, hints of light soy sauce with a little balsamic
    • Finish
      Its long and peaty but the peat is checked by the nice fruit notes.

  2. whiskystore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not easy to comment your own bottling but i´ll try my best.

    This whisky were lying in a very very tired refill bourbon hogshead and when i visited Jim at the distillery in september 2007 he proposed that i as the only person ever got the chance to recask into a new cask free of choise.

    I started nosing casks, out whith the bung and in with my nose and after two hours i had come down to two casks that was smelling wonderful, a fresh sherry hogshead and this fresh Haut-Brion, yes and i chosed the latter.

    It become a slightly winey and spicy ( peppery ) almost little Port Charlotte goes Taliskerish
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, soot, coal smoke, hemp rope, maritime, seaweed, tar, figs, red grapes, spice, pepper, slightly winey, beeswax, metalish and pepperish.
    • Taste
      Maritime, salty, ashy, tarry, peaty, dry, smoky, honey, chili, slightly winey, pepper, seaweed, tar, medicinal, figs, red grapes, hemp rope, dark chocolate, sultanas, leather, cocoa, black pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smokey, peppery, sweet, strong

  3. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp. Wonderful combination and stuff you think shouldn't work but does.
    • Nose
      90 90
      My God this is earthy, almost buried.
      Freshly plained wood, some sort of old English cheese, cured meat, moss on a rock, this is magic in a glass.
      There is a white wine in there somewhere and what a horse smells like.
      This is all bizarre but it works well together. I must be in the Twilight Zone.
    • Taste
      92 92
      I was hoping the taste would mirror the nose and it has but with extras like fruit liquorice. It's a bit of a monster at 59.4% but I can handle it quite easily.
      A lot more of that cured meat and barbecued sauce.
      I was expecting this to be dry but it's not, it just keeps that nice sweetness at a constant level.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish as you would expect because this ticks all the boxes. And You would expect peat, peat, peat and smoke, smoke, smoke at the very death but it is quite fruity.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2020] A quick review of a large sample...

    ...which sounded interesting but actually is not. The wine cask maturation did not really integrate with the spirit and the additional flavours vanish quickly both in the nose and on the palate. This is what sometimes happens with double maturations including a wine cask - the two rather fight each other instead of creating a balanced profile. Nonetheless, this is a fine dram to sip...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a somewhat strange combo of heavy peaty and sour-cheesy winey aromas first but the cheesy off-notes vanish quickly upon breathing. The peaty notes grow stronger as do the wooden aromas while the wine retreats a little. To be honest, this is not my favourite peaty profile - but it is not bad at all, no doubt.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is barley sugary-sweet, winey-sour and peaty-bitter with the bitterness dominates the longer I chew this dram. As with the nose the wine impressions retreat over time and the classic Port Charlotte profile remains on the palate which is not bad but it is not impressive either. Some water turns both the nose and taste punchier while more water flattens both quickly. I clearly prefer the neat dram.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a minor coating effect only, surprisingly. There are some bitter-astringent moments from the heavy peat too but they are not distracting. The finish is of medium length only (which corresponds to the minor mouth coating) and dries out on cold ashes towards the end.

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thanks Kjell for giving me the change to purchase one of your bottles!
    • Nose
      Briny - salt, peaty and yes there is the Bruichladdich vomit/baby puke note! Pepper, wholemeal bread, earthy, a fruity underlayer, vanilla - custard. With water more fruity notes.
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits, some summer fruits - goose berries, peaty and a camp fire.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with pepper, iron, fruity and citrus. With water more ashes.

      Great one!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The only other whisky that had anything to do with wine that I liked was a Glen Mhor Signatory This is really nice, the time taken to decide on the cask was worth it, well done Kjell
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Really delicious Port Charlotte, especially for fans of sweet and smoky malts. I would never have guessed the wine barrel so blind, but even so, this Port Charlotte has a lot to offer. He's definitely in the mood for more.
    • Nose
      Undoubtedly and unmistakably a Port Charlotte. Dirty and strong peat smoke, interspersed with a wonderfully fruity sweetness. The alcohol cools the nose, but does not bother. A potpourri of different fruits directly stimulate the salivation - what smells delicious! Red grapes and raspberries flare up, again and again and a sweetness, as you know from roasted almonds. Tip: Apply a drop on the palms - the most delicious malt flavor. As if you were standing in the middle of the malt soil.
    • Taste
      Strong start, as expected. The alcohol pushes powerfully, accompanied by dry peat smoke and some oak. The fruity sweetness is still massive, but not as decided as in the nose. In the mouth, the malt is increasingly spicy, the fruit slowly recede and leave the wooden flavors the playground. In the end, I have the picture of heavily sugared fruit tea with a light catch. With each additional sip the sweetness seems to gain weight. Would I have tapped blindly on a wine barrel? Difficult, but probably not.
    • Finish
      Long, strong and surprisingly sweet. Only at the very end a very slightly dry mouthfeel sets in, without any trace of bitterness. Delicious!

  8. Erik1908 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Port Charlotte is definitely for me one of the "discoveries" of the last few months. Bought some samples which were all very good to excellent. And so is this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Probably together with Ledaig and Springbank, Port Charlotte has (to me) a very outspoken nose, which can easily be recognized.
      Earthy and dirty (yes again), burned BBQ meat and rubber. Peat-smoke of course. Below "Erik Elixer mentions "baby puke"; yes, I can agree to that.
    • Taste
      90 90
      No surprise that this requires some drops of water, given the abv. Powerful, full body and strong. Burned meat in the mouth. Great balance of peat, fruit and spices. Overall a warm mouth feeling. Great winter dram.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish. Taste-notes come back in the finish. Ashy notes, if there at all, are hardly recognizable.

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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