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Port Charlotte 2001 - The Heretic

Overall rating
89.00/100
votes
103
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2018
Vintage
2001
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
16 years old
Casktype
American Whiskey, Rum, French Wine
Number of bottles
1300
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2018
Added on
01 Jun 2018 3:55 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 279,16

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103 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2001 - The Heretic

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.  The name "Heretic" makes me a little nervous as it seems to indicate a rather off-note dram.

    No, this is not my kind of dram and it is good that I am rather cautious with such strange names.  But - why the hell (literally!) - do they not write "contains notes of sulphur" (or a nicer code word like gunpowder) on such releases.  In the meantime there are so many people out there that like sulphurous whiskies so why not market it that way? 

    The only meaningful explanation is that the whisky industry still is ashamed about such spoiled bottlings (so they confirm through their ignorance of not mentioning sulphur in the official tasting notes that sulphur IS an unwanted flavour - otherwise they would state it!).  Poor industry that has to cheat on the customer (you know, what happened to Volkswagen and the other German car manufacturers that did this last:  the customers turned away, finally)...
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows small tears with slow legs. The nose offers - yep, a "heretic" profile with some notes of sulphur. I do not like sulphur! Luckily it is not that strong but still it is unpleasant. Forget about the other aromas as they are buried underneath these sulphurous off-notes.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is sweet, a little peaty and a little sulphurous.
    • Finish
      82 82
      As is the finish that is of medium length only. The mouthfeel is not that bad as expected, the scurfy sulphur feeling is somewhat bearable here (but still unpleasant).

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    If I'm not too mistaken, this is a PC that does not taste so much like PC - I like it very much. :-)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cold peat smoke and smoked lemon slices. Pineapple, tangerines. Overall, very fruity and fresh, the smoke, however, dominating. Spices: cinnamon, cloves and juniper berries are growing.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate, a reflection of the nose. Again, the cold peat smoke strikes directly, show smoked lemon, pineapple, mandarins. In addition smoked fish, a lot of dark chocolate, almond paste. Oak pushes forward and forms a unit with the chocolate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long and only slightly dry. The smoke still swirls, dark men's chocolate has settled on the palate. Mild spices and a touch of oak. Vanilla, honey, almost mead.

  3. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Signed & Personalized

    The Heretic was the Feis Ile 2018 release from Port Charlotte (from the Bruichladdich Distillery, of course) and is, according to the label ‘the last of the first’, meaning the last casks of the first distillate. It’s a vatting of American oak, rum casks and even French wine casks. I poured it at my Feis Ile tasting. Funny detail: I had totally forgotten that the bottle was signed and personalized by Master Distiller Adam Hannett. So my mildly autistic side was in doubt for about 4 seconds whether or not to open it. Imagine that!

    The nose starts a bit weird. Atypical. I get baby breath (you know, the kids just finished his fruit porridge and then burps in your face) and flor (the layer of yeast on sherry during maturation). Then follow famer’s butter, pineapple and lemon, some smoked salmon and a soft trace of peat smoke. Pine cones, pine seeds and even a drop of olive oil. It needs some getting used to, but it grows on you.

    On the palate, it is mostly the citrus fruit that captures your attention: lemon, lime and pink grapefruit. The peat kicks in and delivers a grand smokiness. The smoked fish returns, but some sweetness arrives as well in the guise of vanilla and chocolate. Something herbal like lemongrass and ferns. Soft on the spices. It really becomes very good from the second sip on.

    The finish is its strength: long, warm, spicy and sweet & sour with a drying effect. The smoke lingers very well. A salt note at the death. Delicious.

    So glad we opened this. The nose gave me a bit of a scare, but it recovers quickly to become a grand whisky.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/feis-ile-2018-bruichladdich/

    N: A fruity & fatty nose that may suggest a meaty body to come.
    T: A sadly lacking and slightly sour young 16yo with a thin & dry smokey mouthful.
    F: Mainly dry smoke.
    C: Originally £120, now twice the price at auction. This didn’t float my boat, however many respected folk regarded this highly.

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 90
      B: 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose quite disconcerting, at first quite heavy, sweet, vinous (notes of ripe), but counterbalanced with aeration by a certain freshness (slightly lemony peat, white wine, medicinal plants)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Grasse, greedy, very sweet, always with a lot of peat, medicinal plants, plum, a little blackberry. Notes of caramel, vanilla and spices.
    • Finish
      88 88
      More on ash, cooked fruits, peat
      88+ / 89-

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is the highlight. Islay DNA. But the palate is very good too. A great marriage of casks where influences are balanced. I could feel (or imagine) the wine and rum here.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, diesel oil, tar, coastal and farmy notes, aromatic herbs (lots of them), medicinal notes, a few lemons and ashes in the background. Islay ! Excellent.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, ashy and medicinal. Tar, pepper, black olives and cereals too.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, smoky, coastal.

  10. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    deep gold color, nose well marked by farm peat, medicinal, iodized, caramelized, engine oil is true and charcoal. Mouth very thick and creamy, a little sweet, caramelized cereals, honey, vanilla, a little less peaty and salty than the nose, more marked by the barrels of rum and wine. Alcohol perfectly integrated. Long final, unlike the Lagavulin Feis Ile 2018, much less fresh and lemony, nice in the first sips, but can become quickly disgusting.

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