- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Islay Barley
- Stated Age
- 06 years old
- 1st Fill Bourbon Casks, 2nd Fill Wine Casks
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 12 May 2018 2:22 pm by holborndrinker
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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2011
29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.74 points
- A short time ago I published an article about the reworking of the Port Charlotte range, peated whisky produced by Bruichladdich on the island of Islay. I invite you to take a look if it is not already done, via the link below. As its name suggests this version is produced from spring barley grown on the island. Two varieties, Oxbridge and Varietal Publicain, three Happy Farmers like Mark Reynier used to baptize them, Raymond Fletcher of Dunlossit, Raymond Stewart of Sunderland and Neil McLellan of Kilchiaran. This is how things can be done simply and in a socially and environmentally sound way, since now one-third of barley requirements are met by local culture. And the result is there, you taste this soil, an uncompromising whisky, the old-fashioned, a real success in this sense. www.passionduwhisky.com
Nose: From the moment your nose comes into contact with these scents, you know that you are no longer in unknown territory. Besides this smoke, it seems to me that this edition is richer than the previous one. There is white chocolate, hints of lemon oil. Yes there is a fruity side that goes beyond citrus like orange, there are sweet fruits that win my sympathy, fishing. In the background, the peat seems to take medicinal notes, camphorated sometimes available on older PC versions. Finally of a great sweetness this nose has more than one turn to play us.
Palate: Oily to perfection, it develops a large woody energy, smoke. This will dry up, swing spices like white pepper, salt, yes a profile more and more maritime and brackish. Charcoal, almost on soot, which gives it weight. Wow, that by the fire this winter, it will do its little effect.
Final: The beginnings are particularly bitter. Then it is this crust of salt that will take over, with always this charcoal. The salt will fade offering a long and earthy finish, limit under wood. All this smoke will turn on tobacco aromas. Really a beautiful wealth.
- Tamed in the nose, it develops into a real "pig" on the tongue and in the finish. Dirty and musty. Nothing for every day, but in any case it brings an interesting aromatic change with it.
At first it seems cautious, but that is deceptive, because a warm note of peat smoke sets in relatively quickly, mixed with crushed grapes and currants. Maritime and salty, like a fresh breeze from the sea.
In spite of its 50%, it seems almost tender on the tongue - at least at the beginning, because like in the nose it seems to take a run-up first and then to attack at full speed. Damp, musty wood, fermented blackberries, wet cardboard. Ashy smoke. Dark chocolate, espresso beans. The mold increases steadily, a little damp cork is added.
Medium length, dry, smoky. The damp, musty wood, cellar muff, fermented fruits.
- Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011 is a new vintage comprised of whisky produced from barley grown on three Islay farms – Dunlossit, Sunderland and Kilchiaran. Bottled at 50% abv, the whisky has been matured in mostly first-fill American oak with some whisky aged in refill Syrah and Merlot wine casks. It will be available globally for around £60 per 70cl bottle.
- Very nice and pleasant Port Charlotte with vanilla, citrus notes and a light pleasant smoke with a maritime touch. Wonderful to drink, not too heavy, with the typical light Laddie character. The Islay Barley 2012 seems to me (if I remember back) a bit dirtier and edgier.
Smooth and sweet. Undoubtedly peaty, but in no way overwhelming. Grassy, earthy notes, vanilla. A hint of chocolate and nuts. Great balance.
Peaty and oily. The grassy notes from the nose continues through, along with the nuttiness. A little oak spices, but hardly any bitterness. Again, very nice balance.
Medium-long finish. Leathery, oaky, flowery.
- Smoothes out the roughness of the "Port Charlotte Scottish Barley" due to use of First Fill casks.Just an all around more pleasant Single Malt than the aforementioned.
peat smoke,Ash,brine,herbal,light vanilla,sweet-ish
sweet arrival,vanilla,spirit-y,peat smoke,malty,spicy,almonds,brine,fish
medium long with a strong alcohol note.
- Interesting, unusual, .. but with the "farm" a little overdone.
mineral; grain, farm, pickle, peat smoke, a little citrus.
oily, ash-smoky; soot, chimney, salt, lemon.
dry, salty, with oak bitterness and a drop of vanilla.