Port Charlotte 2011

Overall rating
85.71/100
votes
245
Whiskybase ID
WB112321
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
06 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks, 2nd Fill Wine Casks
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/172
Barcode
5055807409988
Added on
12 may 2018 2:22 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73.60

25 × in wishlist

245 × member ratings

497 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 2011

37 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.71 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    (18/210)
    • Nose
      87 87
      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.
    • Taste
      85 85
      In spite of its 50% it seems almost tender on the tongue - at least at the beginning, because like in the nose it first seems to take a run-up and then 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.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, dry, smoky. The damp, musty wood, cellar muff, fermented fruits.

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  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    - The 6 years are still clearly noticeable in the force of the 50%
    - Still a nice combination between smoke and sweetness
    - reminiscent of the Ardbeg 10 (but doesn’t reach it for a long time)
    - 57 € remain a bit too high for the quality shown
    • Nose
      Oak, honey, toffee, smoke, looks very strong and massive => the 50% can be clearly felt in the nose
    • Taste
      strong start, strong development in the palate (due to the 50%), sweet spice, oak, very powerful (undiluted)
    • Finish
      strong, medium-long, sweet finish;
      long smoky aftertaste with lots of oak

  4. nogreg scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Smoky and pleasant sipping whisky under 50 Euro, yes. This "Heavily peated" has been over-exaggerated, it's not Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The smell is very medical, bandages, but for the age the whisky is very arranged, moderately smoky, fire smoke, sweet, fruity (plums, apples, citrus), hay, sea and seaweed (nori), somewhere sour, it is good.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Delicate, not to say diluted, 50% absolutely do not feel. Pleasantly smoky, campfire smoke, sweet, fruity, vanilla, licorice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoky, fruity, sweet, wine, bandage notes, sea, pleasant

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

    delicious and drinkable!

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    sweet, peat, smoke, more peat, smokes meat, quite good.
    taste and finish follow quite as expected.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is intense, sweet and smoky with a profile of burnt honeycombs and tender ash followed by nice earthiness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pretty oily and peaty with touches of burnt wood, burnt lemons and fades out with olive oil and fried bacon.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium lenght, ashy, woody and has beautiful bittersweet nuances of burnt lemon zest and citrus fruits.

  8. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Marcel74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    40ppm, 75% 1st fill bourbon, 25% 2nd fill syrah and figaro wine, 6 years old
    • Nose
      Almonds, lemon, acacia honey, barley, baked cookies, cinnamon, poached pears, apple juice, light peat, (slightly earthy, ground cover), pepper, maritime sea scent
    • Taste
      Light and delicate, sweet (white sugar), grains and barley, baked cookies, wood and tannins, floral hints and green notes
    • Finish
      Starts with oak and pepper, then sweet, tannins and grains, a little bit of ash and heat, cinnamon and nuts.

  11. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  12. maltandgrains scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Smooth and sweet. Undoubtedly peaty, but in no way overwhelming. Grassy, earthy notes, vanilla. A hint of chocolate and nuts. Great balance.
    • Taste
      84 84
      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.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish. Leathery, oaky, flowery.

  13. KOQ24 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      75 75
      peat smoke,Ash,brine,herbal,light vanilla,sweet-ish
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet arrival,vanilla,spirit-y,peat smoke,malty,spicy,almonds,brine,fish
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium long with a strong alcohol note.

  14. PierreA698 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. PierreA698 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, unusual, .. but with the "farm" a little overdone.
    • Nose
      88 88
      mineral; grain, farm, pickle, peat smoke, a little citrus.
    • Taste
      86 86
      oily, ash-smoky; soot, chimney, salt, lemon.
    • Finish
      86 86
      dry, salty, with oak bitterness and a drop of vanilla.

  17. DramRol scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Hint of smoke, not too strong, vanilla, honey, some citrus, after a while the smoke disappears
    • Taste
      84 84
      The peat hits hard, young, fresh, but very enjoyable
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium

  18. Gilles_V scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A very large whisky with an original flavor, which stands out among all its Islay cousins.
    You really have to taste these Port Charlotte made with local barley, it's the best.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very original nose: medicinal, plastic heated in the sun, burnt tire. But also black bread, coffee / cocoa. After several minutes, fresh seaweed, seaside at low tide. Finally, the peat is set back, it gives way to a multitude of other aromas.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Delicacy in the mouth. Chiseled. Almost minty.
    • Finish
      88 88
      End. We finally find all the aromas of the nose. Astonishing. Unfortunately not very long, too bad; otherwise it would be a 90-95.

  19. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very good malt for just 6 years old. Smoky but not pushy, very tasty.
    • Nose
      malty sues with smoke and citrus fruits, maritime notes
    • Taste
      smoky spicy, fruity sues, malt and barley
    • Finish
      long and warm with sherry and smoke, malt and barley, spicy sweet

  21. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. penumbra scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Maybe it ’s to show that the barley of Aere Island is more noble than the barley of other places, so I sold it when the impact of the barrel was not obvious. It's just like new make for me.
    • Nose
      Very alcoholic, with a Vodka flavor, fat powder, flavors, whole grain pastries, prepared dough, white chocolate, soot, tar, very few fruits, citrus peel oil.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, wood residue, slightly bitter herbs, cocoa, and fat
    • Finish
      Medium, peat, coarse grain noodles.

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  26. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Frank peat nose, quite grainy, clean, sharp. Plant and leafy touch, ferns, heather earth. It is less fruity than the 10 years. Earth, tar, plastic, but also cereals, corn, and a rather gourmet pastry touch, brown sugar, marzipan, sponge cake. Well, it is all the same the peat which dominates by far. It is found in the mouth, thick, but it is more complex and pleasant, grapes, quince and apricot compote, peppermint. Very good finish, earth and charcoal, liquorice, eucalyptus.

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    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. sakis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Mr.Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A fruity and smoke whisky for warm summer nights.
    • Nose
      Ripe fruits like apples and pears a dominant and followed by salty vanilla caramel.
    • Taste
      Salty smoke charcoal, ripe fruits, oaky
    • Finish
      Not long, more like a sea breeze. A bit of chocolate.

  30. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  31. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite dissapointing as the new edition lacks the clarity of the previous Islay Barley in the white tin. The special taste of the barley seems to get subdued especially by the wine casks (too much sweetness) which (over)tames also the smoky peaty note of 'normal' textbook Port Charlottes, thus loosing the point of an Islay Barley making it interchangeable imho. Why waste yield in production and the specific special taste of the barley?

    Sampled at a tasting...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
      I have trouble finding the Islay Barley in this one. No point to use wine casks here, imho.
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Myst111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good smoky whisky, though I do not think he is so "heawy peated".
    • Nose
      89 89
      roasted apple, smoke, fruity, vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      Apple pie, sweet, honey, bourbon
    • Finish
      82 82
      Very short

  33. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  37. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    aww, nice peat, moldy hay, bacon and a lot of it, a hint of salt. some nice yellow fruit, some vanilla, nice sweetness. very easy to drink. takes some time until the full fruityness develops. finish is all right. Fine complex, easy to drink, not too peaty Islay dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

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