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Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

Overall rating
88.39/100
votes
641
Whiskybase ID
WB158053
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Exploration Series
Vintage
2010
Bottled
17.02.2020
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask, Oloroso Hogshead Finish
Number of bottles
30000
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L163892 20/043
Barcode
5055807413091
Added on
12 may 2020 11:01 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 110.06

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

130 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.39 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Information/Tasting Notes by producer:

    Whisky Type:
    Heavily peated Islay single malt Scotch whisky.

    Phenol Level:
    40 parts per million.

    Vintage/Age:
    2010

    Alcohol Strength:
    55.1% Alc./Vol
    Barley Provenance:
    100% Scottish barley from Invernesshire region.

    Maturation Profile:
    30% 1st Fill American Whisky Casks
    40% 2nd Fill American Whisky Casks
    25% Vin Doux Naturel Casks
    5% 2nd Fill Syrah Casks
    vatted and aced in First Fill Oloroso Hogsheads for 18 months.

    Bottling:
    Bottled onsite with Islay spring water, non chill filtered & colouring free.

    Liquid Colour:
    Autumnal, mahogany, amber.

    Taste Descriptor:
    Smokey, with a fig-like fruity sweetness.

    Nose – Initially lovely earthy peat smoke and dark fruit, fig predominantly and toffee. As the aromas start to open soft peach and honey appear and a nutty nougat note sets the tone. Baked orange and a hint of mulled wine spice. The peat smoke notes are constant and start to bring out some resinous woody aromas, the longer you allow it to open the more depth you discover, more roasted coffee, syrup and citrus, more chocolate and crushed sea shells.

    Palate – As soon as this dram touches your lips you feel the soft oily texture and then, as it coats the palate a subtle dryness changes the tone. The leading notes from the Oloroso cask and the peat smoke define the identity of the whisky but underneath there is a fruity sweetness – figs, orange and peach with a nutty nougat note. With another sip the darker notes of tobacco, boot polish and more earthy smoke give a pepperiness that really draws you into this magnificent whisky.

    Finish – The finish is a dry earthy peat smoke with lime and figs. A chocolate and vanilla note comes through and some salty, sandy character. Peat embers give a last hint of smoke.

    Character – This dram will leave you reeling, the Port Charlotte spirit is beautifully matched with the Oloroso casks. The initial blending of whisky has been tailored to suit. It’s another cask exploration that shows the versatility of the Port Charlotte whisky and demonstrates the exceptional quality of casks we source. The kind of dram that makes you fall in love with peated whisky.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Laddie has now cut out some very tasty PCs, the OLC: 01 is probably not what everyone expects from the abbreviation, in my opinion the pre-assignments clearly set the tone here and the Oloroso finish only has a complementary effect and gives the finishing touches , as it should be with a finish.
    • Nose
      Definitely not overwhelmed by the sherry, you can already see that in the color, fresh and sour, caramel, I think Laddie has the clearest distillery character for me, vinous, a little pepper, vanilla, I deliberately don't name anything that goes in the direction of Oloroso, since this is not present at least at the beginning, then freshly sliced bread, and yes it becomes fruity, red berries, seasoning, Christmas spices, then becomes drier, leaving a malty sweetness
      After the first sip I warmed up some orange, creamy, nuts, here I am with sweet wine too, and now a load of milk chocolate, which in connection with the alcohol reminds me a lot of Lumumba, and the bread is back, crazy, I like it, slightly greasy, then bittersweet, very changeable
    • Taste
      oily, intense, here also rather winey, red berries, sweet, sticky, vanilla, raisins, gets drier in the back, espresso, dark chocolate, the smoke goes down a bit in this alternating bath, focus more on it with a second sip
      second sip, wow, just so creamy, you have to force me to pay attention to the smoke, since the rest is so great, is clearly sweet wine influence, ganache, vanilla, really only light smoke, which together with the freshness from the finish is more so on the palate is present, otherwise surprisingly little smoke in the mouth, but all the more different flavors
    • Finish
      becomes fresh, light mint, cold smoke on the palate, nuts, bitten grape skin, slightly chocolatey, a pinch of pepper, very pleasant and medium length

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A single dram, but it was a good one.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Takes a bit of time in the glass to open up and for the peat to be more than slightly noticeable.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Most Port Charlotte's are labeled "heavily peated" but being Islay I would say most of them are more medium.
      No exception for this one.
      The cask finish is expertly executed in a near perfect peat/sherry combo. Neither being to dominant, but playing off each other in harmony.
      Takes water well, but I feel it pushes the peat more forward.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, slightly drying, ending fresh with a little zest to it.

  4. Captain Teague scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet,...Dirty Earthy... woodsmoke, burnt matches ( not too much it's great here)
    Cold smoke, Landluft with Distant Cowshed -- we are not in Campbeltown ;)) Herbal slight Maggi kraut/ rosemary / Thyme, there are some other herbs I have to identify, vanilla,
    maybe..Wine gums, soapy / parfume notes ( hello Edradour I like) hints of glu ( did they use virgin oaks somewhere?) ... with water brighter orange.

    taste/ development... Starts sweet,crazy oily mouthfeel..smoke/ peat , chocolate, almonds, fruits: more on the yellow fruit maybe orange /blood orange side gets wild and dryer ( you feel the youth here) later some ginger mixed with pepper , the wood is there and looks through def european, some moments saltiness and some flesh/ umami notes..

    F// darker chocolate...cold ash, smoke, pepper /rather piment orange peel, f** loooong

    A very very nice expression.. besides the multiple casks it doesn't feel to engineered/ cask flooded l..starts earthy and turns coastal..a bit pricey for 9y... but we been ripped off much More with other bottles. ;) Nose (best part) takes water really well ....on some days it feels really 'thin' esp. head to head with other drams also the alcohol integration on the mouth lacks a bit too much to be a 'high roller' in my book. still very decent
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Mankut scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Great
    • Taste
      90 90
      Nice, sweet, oily, the alcohol is good. You notice the young age when you swallow. Becomes tart liquorice, very dark tart chocolate, beautiful interplay with sweetness, flawless ...
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoky, ashy long, intense finish

  6. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Water: NO

    Conclusion: youthful Black Art with peat, very easy to drink. The red wine has more dominance here than the finish in Oloroso barrels
    • Nose
      intense melange of sweet peat flavors, Oloroso + Rotwin, red fruits, tar, wet street, coffee liqueur, fresh mint, subtle oak, green walnut
    • Taste
      rather dry red wine than Oloroso, nice sweetness, great peat smoke
    • Finish
      long, + pleasant, peat, sweetness, raisins, oak, red fruits

  7. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting and tasty continuation of the Cask project.
    • Nose
      Spicy smoke with intense herbs. Pepper, ginger, anise. Somewhat moldy and damp foliage. At the beginning hardly any sherry barrel aromas, which only show up later in the form of grapes, blackberries, raisins. Appears tart and a bit musty.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily and surprisingly soft on the tongue. Here more fruity, less musty and musty than in the nose. Sweet forest berries, grapes, raisins. A pinch of herbs from the nose, ginger, anise. Dry wood, cold smoke.
    • Finish
      Return of the muff from the nose. Medium length and dry, astringent. Caramel, honey, clearly smoky.

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Barbecue smoke, new leather, lemon, orange, some brass. Then mint and old wood planks.
    • Taste
      Spicy with a subtle sweetness. Smoked fish, pepper, lemon, some dark chocolate. A touch of honey. wood ash.

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is strongly brewed tea with wood ash and burnt orange peel. On the palate, seaweed with smoke and caramel. The finish is long, smoky sea with tones of caramel and grilled fish.

    An excellent series of barrels, like the release line itself, a good degree, a very beautiful balance, deserves a good rating.

    RATING: 90pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  10. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    may 2021
    first of all i must say that port charlotte is one of my favorite product lines from one of my favorite distilleries. in addition, i am a sucker for peated stuff with sherry or other sweet wine influence. therefore i guess it is hard for me to stay objective here :)

    the casks used here influenced the destillate a lot, while not making it to a "sherry soup" you are offered more and more these days by IBs. this stuff shows gentle peat muscle, covered with this red fruit cocktail. yes, this is nice indeed. i have not been disappointed at all.
    • Nose
      91 91
      crisp fresh red fruit, cherries and strawberries, cobined with the cheering pc-peat. deep sherry influence here. amazing nose. some fresh potato in the back. raisins and nutmeg. but the dominant part here are the fresh red fruits with the peat. give it some time in the glass to develop. now the peat starts changing a bit , showing some honeyed cereal notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      omg this is just great. the saliva flows like a waterfall. the texture coats your whole mouth while numbing your tongue a bit. sweet & peat, my favorite combination. never you would this that this has so much abv.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long ashy and fruity finish. does not leave any dryness or bitter notes. is is more the opposite of an oily ashy cherryfilm which lets you enjoy a few more seconds. loveable piece.

  11. riegerjonas scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    2021-05-07: update from 88 to 92 points, I really like it!
    2020-12-13: complex, multi-layered
    • Nose
      90 90
      hardly smoky, acidity, vinous, fine oak, sweet spices, orange, takes time, then the smoke comes easily, with water the smell is no longer so strong, later it unfolds, vanilla-like, light sherry, raspberries, minimally herbaceous
    • Taste
      93 93
      the smoke is weak, nutty, fruity-sweet, lime, chocolate, 2nd sip much better, slightly sulphurous, smoke is clearly present, sherry, super tasty, vanilla, Oloroso influence very well integrated
    • Finish
      92 92
      rather dry

  12. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    So the cask mix sounds a bit like the cask experiments they do at Octomore. In fact I love that the first casks clearly left more in there than the special casks. This is how a finish should be, just some small hints of the special casks.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Immediately smoke fills my nostrils, but it is not the standard Islay smoke, it is very maritime so very salty with hints of smoked salmon and a lot of seaweed. I imagine standing on the shorelines of Islay at Low Tide and I guess this is the first nose impression. This is then followed by a very strong season mix of thyme, oregano and other kitchen seasonings. If I dig deeper I get a light honey note with hints of vanilla and caramel. I get some chocolate and oysters. Time helps it open up and I get some of the more special cask notes like raisins, dark figs and… are these orange peels?
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very caramelly and vanilla and mineralic but this is soon replaced by a very strong maritime smoke and cold ash. I also get a lovely oak spicyness, limes, again seafood and then in the back the special casks come in with note of raisins, figs and espresso.
    • Finish
      88 88
      It starts immediately with a very dry, oaky smoke, this is then replaced by aforementioned maritime notes of seaweed and oysters. The longer it takes, the more it opens up but it has a very strong oak character. The finish is quite long and finally it opens up to vanilla, more salt, limes and espresso come trough as well. I wonder where the casks are in the finish, but then it takes another twist and I get some tannins, raisins, figs and espresso notes.

  14. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruit, oak, smoke, malt and toffee.

    Palate: Sweetly fruity, smoke, malt, dark sweets and spice.

    Finish: Long -> Malt, fruit and smoke

  15. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Strong Spice, Nuts, Distillery Characters, Alcohol-Fried Taste, Fun

  16. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  17. Spoerkel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Diodurus scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Overall coherent and round.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  20. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89
      Shorter than I'd have expected and liked, but still nice.

  21. serejja scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Had this as a part of Port Charlotte tasting. Compared to PAC: 01 2011 and MC: 01 2009 this one was probably the most straightforward and "yeah I expected this" style. Can't say it's boring, but there are more interesting drams in the Cask Exploration Series

  22. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      buttery
      leathery
      mint
      shoe polish
      sherry and winy
      smoky
      peaty
    • Taste
      90 90
      smoky
      peaty
      dark chocolate
      very salty
      sherry + winy
      oily
    • Finish
      89 89
      bitter cherries
      woody
      raisins
      red fruits
      medium length

  23. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  24. mrtoxiique scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

  25. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  26. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is one of the most complex expressions I’ve tried, and I think it would either make someone fall in love with peated whiskies or scare someone off (which would be a huge pity).

    With substantial smoke and a 55.1% ABV, I would highly recommend this to someone who is familiar with smoky whiskies and has some patience to let this dram sit for 3-4 minutes – because that is when its layers of flavour really unfold. The Bruichladdich spirit is quite nicely complimented by the nutty Oloroso casks and ashy smoke in a- dare I say- holy trinity. The bright and sweet fruits from the initial blending (remember the VDN cask?) also works very well by ensuring that the Oloroso dryness is not overwhelming. Indeed, this is an excellent showcase of Bruichladdich Distillery's blending skills.

    This isn’t just another “sherry bomb”. I appreciate the fact that the distillery did not overwhelm this expression with the Oloroso finishing. This allows for some balance between the distillery’s character (think the crisp flavours from the malt and ashy peatiness), and the sherried flavours.

    Link to review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/port-charlotte-2010-9-years-old-olc-01-oloroso-cask-finish-55-1-abv-ob
    • Nose
      On the nose, the initial act is hefty sooty smoke with some notes of dried black tea. This continues for a few moments. As the smoky aroma dissipates slightly, the nose opens to earthiness, oakiness as you start to receive some dried hay and fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. There is a Christmassy feel to this dram. 2 -3 minutes in, as the curtain of peat smoke lifts slightly, we get some brighter notes of fruits – with plums, dried apricots and candied orange on chocolate. Some spices appear. And while the smokiness is constantly present, more depth really appears the longer you allow this to sit. More ground coffee and dark chocolate comes through with a honeyed aroma.
    • Taste
      On the palate, pretty intense leading notes on first sip with a tango of nuts, sherry flavours supported by intense smoke. A nice slightly salty roasted nut character similar to Chinese roasted sunflower seeds (the kind widely available in Asian supermarkets during Chinese New Year). There is a slight dryness from the Oloroso that is completely expected in a sherried whisky. There is certainly a good amount of heat at 55.1% ABV, which numbs the tip of the tongue momentarily.

      While the leading notes are sherry and peat smoke, I highly recommend letting this sit for several minutes. This opens up to more (mild) fruity sweetness- cherry jam, candied orange, peaches and ripe bananas (or is it closer to nail varnish), complemented nicely also with a layer of aromatic earthy notes of ground coffee and dark chocolate once again. The heat and spice becomes so much milder, much more manageable and perhaps even enjoyable.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly long with fading sweetness of cherries, sherry leatheriness and ashy smoke. There are some growing mineral notes, or is it brine? A touch of coffee and tobacco comes through.

  27. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Ruppirupp scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Absolute madness! For me the whisky of the year 2020! So many completely different taste nuances - no rum can do that, no gin can do that - only whisky can do that!
    • Nose
      Ham, bacon, breakfast, smoke, sweet mustard, mocha, leather, salt, dark chocolate, caramel, ketch-up
    • Taste
      Mocha, coffee, chocolate, smoke, earth, campfire, nougat, walnut, barbecue sauce, oak
    • Finish
      Long finish! Oily, chocolate, smoke, Black Forest ham, nuts, maritime, steak, grilled meat

  29. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is my favourite Cask Explortation Series so far. Finished for 18 months in Oloroso sherry hogsheads, this brings a perfect balance of sherried fruity notes and lovely ashy smoke. Probably not a daily sipper but if sherry and peat is what you are looking for, this is a perfect example of this. Value (£80) : 7/10
    • Nose
      That classic ashy vegetal smoke that is classic with Port Charlotte his very evident on the initial nose, more so than some other expressions I have tried. Then comes the wine influence. Naturally, with the Oloroso finish, notes of dried red fruits first appear. Some dried figs, sweet sultanas, Morallu cherries. Then some more savoury flavours appear. loads of umami with seaweed and honeyed bacon. Notes of barbecued meats covered in rosemary and thyme. As with most Bruichladdichs I still get a sense of cereal here. Then a light dusting of black pepper spice.
    • Taste
      The fruity sherried notes from the nose are more pronounced here on the palate. Additionally there is more oak influence with vanilla and cinnamon. Sugared ginger and marzipan. Roast coffee beans. Then again all those big savoury notes reappear. Plenty of smoked bacon, roast meats and umami again on the palate. The peat is still definitely present, more ashy now and with a slight herbal mint note as well.
    • Finish
      A long finish. More drying than on the initial palate, those oak notes now more intense, the sweetness now subsides and I get more dark chocolate and roast coffee notes. More of those cereal notes return here and is enveloped in a lovely peat smoke that lingers on the palate.

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  31. LittlePeat scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    If you need water, then it becomes really tasty.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Less pronounced smoke, alcoholic freshness, tart light and red fruits.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet and mild on the tongue for a short time. Then the alcoholic strength announces itself, sweet and at the same time sour fruits, dry smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long and warming. Dry campfire smoke, sweetness, then it gets tart and dry on the tongue.

  33. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A classic Port Charlotte, with a great melding of wine and peat. It’s interesting that the Oloroso doesn’t seem all that different from the various wine-cask Port Charlottes I’ve had, though it’s definitely added a nutty note. That’s actually taken it closer in profile to my favourite Octomores. It took three pours of this for it to really come around, but I’m glad it has.
    • Nose
      Very rich. Sweet and savoury - bacon-wrapped grilled figs, seared steak, sauteed onions, and grilled fennel. Interesting herb note – thyme? Red apples and blood oranges. Candied nuts, apple pie, and maple syrup. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Campfire logs dusted with cocoa powder. Nori and black sesame seeds. Slightly farmy.
    • Taste
      Thick texture. Arrives malty and bacony, along with chocolate and cherries. Quickly turns to rich peat smoke: a bit farmy, a bit lactic, and a bit medicinal, with some seaweed and iodine. Lots of savoury caramelized flavours – a whole baking tray full of vegetables sitting under the broiler. Creamy caramel, roasted nuts, and spun sugar. Some winey tannins. Chipotle… Salsa? It’s got that savoury-vegetal-fruity-fresh kind of character.
    • Finish
      Fairly long, and quite smoky. Sooty and beefy, with tobacco coming in too. Raspberry jam and grapefruit zest. Waxy Hannukah gelt chocolate. Lingering wine, vanilla, roast nuts, and malty sweetness.

  34. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 88
      B: 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Diodurus scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Overall coherent and round.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/21/b-sides-an-islay-trio/

    Distilled in 2010 from a 2009 crop of Scottish Barley, this heavily peated single malt was first filled into an array of ex-bourbon, ex-Syrah and ex-VDN (vin doux naturel) casks. In 2018, this spirit was transferred into Fernando de Castilla oloroso hoggies. distiller.com: ‘The breakdown is as follows: 30% first-fill ex-bourbon, 40% second-fill ex-bourbon, 5% second-fill ex-syrah wine, and 25% ex-vin doux naturel (French fortified wine). In 2018, the whisky was placed into oloroso sherry hogsheads from Fernando de Castilla to finish maturation. It’s bottled without chill filtration’

    N: In one word, unctuous. Despite everything – the complex cask maturation program, those wet[tish] casks, a high [40 ppm?] phenol count – incredibly, I find it’s barley first and all the bells n whistles thereafter. Thankfully, the [cardboard-y~matchbox/char-y/flat-packed furniture] oak itself is not overwhelming. Previous cask contents-wise, the [salty] vanilla-y/fruity [feint-y] toffee-d [raspberry coulis/confectionary rhubarb & custard] flavours remain a firm fixture. Surprisingly, it’s not overly animated/dynamic overall [in comparison to some Octomore’s, for example], though it all sits well as a whole, albeit a curious whole. Other descriptors include [dirty chimney]-smoked ham/meats,… wet muddy spinach,… honey,… leathery, a touch of tobacco. I like it.

    T: We’ve a similar salty crisp yet oily [creamy,.. chocolatey] unctuousness on the palate, becoming more grapey, a touch peppery, some flat Cola fizziness, and phenol-slick-yet-dry/not dry [read on] on delivery. The grape influence is fully involved, juicy, fruity and complimenting, juxtaposed against the dry phenolic > ashy light saline note – the spirit meanwhile remaining resilient. Despite the abv, this one doesn’t swim at all. Diluted, it’s very lacking,… shallow even. As a result, I enjoyed most of the bottle neat, happy to persist [life is hard, eh?] with the manageable spicy edge.

    F: The peatiness is relatively muted/tamed for Port Charlotte, but I think that’s the grape influence at play. All that farmy carbolic dirtiness is there, albeit slightly buried. As a result, the finish is initially short if lingering, not dissimilar to a [JW Black: WLP83] blend. Question is, where’s that lovely barley spirit gone? The spirit remains firm – the Laddie way – if rather simple/basic at this stage. We finish with more of the fruity vanilla-y [lime cubes] confectionary cocktail over phenolic/ashy/smoky Twix and toasted tea cakes,… a hint of mackerel skin?

    C: Gimmicky/fun/worthwhile? You decide. I enjoyed every drop. Score-wise, unctuous barley-led oiliness should never be overlooked. On the other hand, this high-octane colourful whisky looks good initially, but is easy scrutinised. Bruichladdich’s [slightly more affordable] Bere Barley is a better choice.

  39. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Spicy oak in the foreground, but you can also notice the Oloroso. The alcohol is very well integrated, nice and round and interesting for the age.
    • Taste
      Here, too, the spiciness dominates and is slightly bitter. Here, too, not particularly complex, but nicely made for the key data.
    • Finish
      middle

  41. DramJammin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  42. yggr scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. MarcinCh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat. Asphalt, tar. At the same time, a lot of sweets. Red fruit. There is a lot of herbalism. Spices. Maybe nutmeg. Cherries. Varnishes, but nice enough.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat, but sweet. Tar, maybe asphalt. Lots of red fruit later. Sweet. Spices. pepper. Light herbalism, but more in the background. With time, the spices disappear, the sweetness still remains.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A lot of sweets. Peat, but sweet. Alcohol, despite its high power, is hardly noticeable. Maybe some background herbalism. Caramel. Long finish. Dark chocolate.

  44. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First of all very fruity and surprisingly hardly any smoke.
      Strawberry limes,
    • Taste
      Leathery, oily, massive, blatant.
    • Finish
      Long and mineral.
      Always fruity and a trace of the charred barrel.

  45. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fine peat, citric, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, oak wood. Balanced, creamy, good body, good intensity, one-dimensional without depth.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. DocMuck scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweat fruit, well bound alcohol, but gives me a nice warm feeling in the nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      A decent taste of sherry and dry fruits, not rushing and the alcohol is comforting, not to aggresive. Is there choclate in there somewhere?
    • Finish
      90 90
      Surprinsingly stays on the tip of my tongue for quiet a long time and afterwards moves down my throat, clear oaky touch towards the end, although it is still moving. Maybe I should take a day off to fully enjoy that finish!

  47. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  48. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  49. robse211 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  50. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  51. lifegoeson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Earthy peat smoke, initially a bit closed, coffee, dark nougat, almonds, cold cigar, tobacco, ripe mirabelle plum, dark rock candy, malt, will be left to stand for at least 15 minutes with increasing time
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, almost syrupy, wine note, some salt, tobacco, black tea, sherry, mouth-filling, very well integrated smoke, oak, rather worse with water
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, bitter notes, dark cocoa, long finish

  52. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very tasty pc. Wonderful combination of flavors. In the nose it weakens a bit, but on the palate and in the finish it shows a wonderful profile. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      typical but rather restrained PC smoke combined with a soft sherry profile. Some dried fruit, slightly sweet, every now and then the peat shows up, all in all rather restrained, some herbs and some barley. Very light maritime notes
    • Taste
      Smoky start, spicy, dried fruits, pepper, a lot of peat, slightly sweet, very strong, many changing aromas, here the sherry aromas show themselves more but without being overwhelming. Later comes a little vanilla and light maritime notes
    • Finish
      Spicy finish with a nice smoky note, lots of dried fruits, sweet, very long and very salivary and intense

  53. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  54. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of maritime peat smoke, cowshed, honey sweetness, nuts, vanilla, peppery heat and red fruits. Moderately complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and it's quite heavy in body.

  55. Echson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  56. whisky666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I was conflicted on this bottle— on the one hand it had some wonderful notes, good structure, and a nice finish, so it cannot be considered anything but a good bottle. On the other hand, the flavor profile was not as clean and well defined as the CC:01 or MRC:01 and the other limited releases from Port Charlotte. While I this did have a bit better mouthfeel than those other releases, it felt unfocused and not rich enough for distinct layers of flavor to really come through. It ended up feeling a bit muddled. The Oloroso influence was overall tame besides a bit of fig, coffee, and chocolate on the palate. The dram also seemed absent much of the delicious and strange funky-barnyard notes I think of with Port Charlotte. While it might sound like I am being a bit harsh, I did actually enjoy this dram.

    Mental Image: Morning Coffee at the Camp Grounds.
    • Nose
      Figs and dates open things up with hints of berry and green mango. Savory notes of leather shoes, tree resin, damp wood, and crisp mountain forest air come through with floral jasmine. Hints of salt, olive brine, grape leaf, and fruit blossom join with charred wood and a gas camping stove.
    • Taste
      Medium bodied with a mild oiliness. The wife called it “boozy dates” as a good number of fruits start things off along with fruit blossom, orange oil, and aniseed. Lacquered rosewood arrives in the mid-palate along with herbs (the wife said dill in particular) and tobacco. A subtle earth smoke from a clay pot comes near the end along with Nespresso and bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Tannic and dry with floral sugars and salted caramel.

  58. SebStar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  60. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  61. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  62. ClixMalt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  63. VEF206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  64. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  65. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  66. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  67. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  68. MaroFF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet, fruity, wine, raisins, sherry, smoky, ash, seaweed salad
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, smoky, nougat, moist soil, fruity
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, sweet, honey, smoky, peat tip with forest undergrowth

  69. Francishomola scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Full basket of dark fruits intertwine with a smoke, dark chocolate, brown sugar, sweetness its all Intense experience plus salty- maritane layer in the second round after water lot of oranges, intensity come back, less darkness, more smoke, I like it more without a water.
      dark chocolate,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Brown Sugar, Bold flavor, you can feel prickle at first sip, After smoke, bacon, strong flavours, more approachable with water,dark chocolate coming back
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, Smoke, Fruits, Long Ashy Sugary Finish

  70. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  71. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Oloroso worked well, a decent molt
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  72. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  73. aquataste scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    .
    • Nose
      Heavily smoky, dried fruit, sweet, pepper, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, a breeze of the sea in the background
    • Taste
      Smoky, sweet, peppery, dried fruit
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and dry, turns into dark chocolate and sea salt

  74. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    06.08.2021
    • Nose
      warm smoke, dark dried fruits, wild berry jam, plum jam, black currants, very light caramel, nuts, a little lemon, grass, wood
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, plum jam, some chocolate, nuts, wood, some pepper, ash

  75. kikist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really nice, well presented, rounded whisky. There is no problem to drink this at full strength.
    For me not one which I will make few bottles backup but will not feel bad if I should drink this one for the rest of the year!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Little bit of peat (expected much more), apple juice, strawberry, chocolate, fresh pork ham, berries, herbs
      With some water there are also tobacco, figs, dust, vanilla
    • Taste
      85 85
      smoke, nuts, chlorine, juicy, oily, warm
    • Finish
      85 85
      leather, peat, nuts, chlorine, smoke, milk chocolate, earth-dirt

  76. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium bouquet, vinous smoky note, slightly salty, quite nice balance, but unfortunately very defensive basic orientation overall, slightly greasy in the base, cool basic tone, German. Pepper note, according to dusty, very subtle caramel tone

    Taste: the alcohol really pushes you first, German. Spicy note from the wood, fine bitter note in the base, peppery as in the nose, the bitter note unfortunately also carries on almost unpleasant in the medium-long to long finish

    Color: lightening yellow gold, narrow WR, clear

    Conclusion: I unfortunately do not find the complexity of the whisky in the YouTube and base ratings in the glass, the alcohol always sticks out much too present, even with sufficient ventilation, whereby the young age in connection with the high alcohol content certainly leads to this "sharp" Number contributes, the differentiated aromas in the nose and on the palate described again and again in the base are unfortunately not even rudimentary, overall clearly disappointing for the price of over 90 euros and (for me) not even close to the current 89 Base points .....

  77. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  78. stefanrietdijk scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    From the series this is the most disappointing version. But still a nice and tasty dram. The MC and the MRC are my favourites.

  79. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  80. Svjatogor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    n: smoke, peat, sweeet, dark & intense, fruits, yellow plum, sherry, ham, grapes, raisins, caramel, oranges, apricots, pip fruits, sea shore, hint of vanilla
    t: full, sweeeet, fruits, smooth, pip fruits
    a: little peat, pleasant, yellow plum, pip fruits, smooth for this high ABV, fantastic!

  81. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It seems a little unbalanced to me. Due to the single-digit age, the PC has power, but lacks finesse. Unfortunately only mediocre due to the lack of maturity.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fine campfire smoke and cold ash with caramel, vanilla, black smoked ham with pepper and raisins, sugar syrup and melted butter, cherries and red berries, fresh dates, mineral with salt and balsamic vinegar, orange and lime, cloves and a little cinnamon, prunes, oak dust, hazelnut nougat , Honey, apple and pear, cocoa, soot, a little hay, banana
    • Taste
      86 86
      full-bodied and powerful, campfire with soot and ash, smoked barley malt, spicy with pepper and cinnamon, some cocoa powder and clove, oily and fruity sweetness from wine, caramel, raisins and prunes, slightly bitter and earthy, orange, tobacco and a hint of vanilla, subtle oak wood, honey
    • Finish
      85 85
      warming, fruity and sweet, ash and smoked malt, peppery with ham, caramel, oak dust, orange and vanilla, earthy cocoa and coffee powder, salty almonds, subtle honey and apricot, cherries and traces of menthol

  82. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I wonder what went wrong or how people see this one on par with e.g. the MC:01 from the previous year. It's got neither finesse nor elegance. Still decent quality of course, but the integration of the sweet sherry seems clumsy and more like a quick wet cask finish than marrying the spirit and cask together. Not a winner in my book and def. not worth a hundred bucks.

  83. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/03/03/port-charlotte-ob-little-duo/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  84. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Islay maritime notes: seaweed, iodine, seabreeze.
      Powerful and smoked
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet cherry. The peat is not that strong anymore, it seems like watered down. That is not surely the case
    • Finish
      85 85
      Mild and medium, peat continues to vanish getting a bit of acidity

  85. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Oils.. heavy perfumes of the arabic kind.. grapes and musty wet cellars.. dust, earth and peat at the heart of a very solid olfactory experience.. coffee and vanilla, cognac and roses.. menthol
    • Taste
      91 91
      Excellent alcohol integration.. peat, sherry and spice in a winning triumvirate. Strong without being fiery. Dark chocolate and bitter vanilla to give it strength. Very nice interplay between sweet, peat and bitter and the texture is heavy, oily and rich.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Not overpowering, but quite long, sweet and a little spicy. A surprising yummie note lifts the heaviness and makes the whole experience a little more light hearted.

  86. Schafranek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  87. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overall a great peated whisky - the only problem for me not scoring 90+ is the price
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  88. Auriverdes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  89. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is like a peat sherry or dusty wine? One sip and enjoy the best of both world.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very sweet! From vanilla to sweet red berries and sweet peat. Toffee, dusty, some smoked ham. After a sip, again still very sweet with tons of vanilla.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, sweet sherry, lot of berries, fresh tobacco, dust, candied orange peel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet and coastal~

  91. Comet67 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  92. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite a good Port Charlotte. For me it has almost too few edges for a PC. The special smoke and notes of Port Charlotte are obviously there, but they could have been a little more present. For me it is almost too tame for a PC.

  93. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  94. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  95. Xaccie scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      rich fruity notes, dried fruits, figs, creamy honeyed apple, pear, full orange, fruitcake, orange liquor, almonds, fire place. T
    • Taste
      86 86
      relatively light and easy on the pallet for the %, very similar flavor patterns as the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      a little more smokiness in the finish, but a wonderful, surprisingly elegant winter dram. Still lots of fruit. It is a different kind of peaty, more smoky than phenolic.

  96. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  97. jan.berg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Color: copper
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    Conclusion:
    A beautiful malt with fruity notes accompanied by a great smoke. This is rather subtle and gives the malt an incredible complexity. Not as phenolic as with other Islay representatives, but more like a campfire and slightly burnt oak planks, and the sherry barrel gives it great notes of dark fruits, Christmas spices and herbs, but also light umami notes. The alcohol is very well integrated and it doesn't necessarily need water. Great complexity despite the age, but a wonderful composition and barrel selection.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskys
    80-94: top whisky
    50-79: standard whisky
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      Strongly smoked Black Forest ham, smell of freshly lit match, plus maritime notes of sea salt and iodine, dark fruits and Christmas spices, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom, oranges, raisins, dried plums, dates but also notes of umami, smoked sparibs in a barbecue sauce, I reveal slight notes of cowshed with straw and hay, burnt cake batter, some soot from an old oven, burnt logs, with water significantly more sherry aromas come through, more leather, raisins, dates, figs, especially these notes now through significantly more
    • Taste
      An interplay of fruity and smoky notes, whereby the smoke is more reminiscent of campfire smoke and is not phenolic, cherries and dried oranges, baked banana, the alcohol pushes the aromas properly, even if the malt is not too bubbly, burnt caramel, toffee candy, A nice sweetness after seared, burnt popcorn, vanilla crescents, creme brûlée with burnt sugar, cinnamon rolls, raisins, dried plums, strawberry jam, Holstein plum jam
    • Finish
      The finish is long, fruity and always accompanied by the wonderful smoke from the campfire. The umami notes of Black Forest ham and spar ribs also accompany the finish, while the fruity notes are mainly dark fruits, cherries and plums. There was no bitterness or bad notes.

  98. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    First impression 85.

    Back later for second rating.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  99. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The last Casks Exploration I tried was the MRC (Mouton-Rotchschild), I initially liked but enjoyed less with time because of its proeminent winey notes.
    This OLC has subdued winey notes (good thing) and I really liked the sharp and dry palate.
    A good Port Charlotte.
    • Nose
      Farmy, smoky, tarry and slightly sooty. Dried fruits. Sweet peat. Graphite. Hints of pine resin.
    • Taste
      Oily, sharp and dry. Quite austere at first actually. Tobacco, earthy notes, peat. Second sipping gives some citrusy notes, pepper, lurking sweet and winey notes in the background.
      With water, more sweet peat which is less to my taste.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, peppery and mentholated.

  100. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    - a very intense but also very good Port Charlotte
    - tastefully at eye level and even better than
    lots of octomores
    - for 90 € quite expensive for 10 years BUT still clearly
    cheaper and better than many Octomores, therefore
    the price / performance here fully ok
    • Nose
      very intense strong nose, sherry, light smoke, thyme, herbs, oranges
    • Taste
      oW: very voluminous strong start, smoke, light sherry taste;

      mW: more smoke noticeable, volume, light sherry, a lot of spice, very intense
    • Finish
      longer vigorous smoky discharge;
      intense smoky reverberation

  101. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    it is "only" 9 to 10 years old, it costs a proud "95 €", it is not fully matured in sherry casks ...
    and still ... it's a brilliant "LADDIE" ... a top malt !!!
    [Color] = mahogany;
    • Nose
      90 90
      lots of sherry, full smoke aromas, also caramel, nuts, sweetness, oranges, raisins, spice cake
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very oily to begin with, lots of sherry, nuts, almonds; then raisins, oranges, fine vanilla, above all an aromatic smoke, spices, tobacco, very complex;
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium-long finish, espresso / coffee, dark chocolate, slightly dry (oak?);

  102. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    a nice balance
    A success
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke
    • Taste
      we don't feel the%

      a little grilling in the mouth
    • Finish
      aniseed finish

  103. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  104. Islaywolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  105. LordIslay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A mix of Bruichladdich High Noon and a light Octomore. The first impression is strongly reminiscent of the Feis Ile bottling from 2015. The quality can be recognized immediately by the nose. Sherry and strong peat as you would expect from an Islay Dram. Successful, look forward to more.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  106. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  107. Expraesi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  108. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  109. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  110. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  111. Gareth74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I’ve never seen her naked.

    I get so frustrated as a normal whisky drinker. Unlike the luminaries of the industry, the prolific bloggers, Vlogggers and reviewers, I, like so many of us, have a job. My hours are filled with a variety of diversions, whether working down the salt mines, herding children or forcing myself to throw away perfectly decent hours binging of utter digitally delivered bilge that neither fulfils or educates. In short - there not enough hours in the day and to make it worse, so few of them can be spent drinking whisky and discovering new highs and plumbing equally dire depths. It’s this lack of time that made me think, whilst drinking the latest PC cask finish that I’d never got round to just having a basic, no frills, Port Charlotte. I’ll put that on the list of things to do. Riiiight - PC OLC:01 off we go.

    TL;DR - I loved the MRC:01 and it’s balls to the wall packaging.

    So the OLC:01 I have to admit I was expecting something something far less restrained in terms of the sherry influence but perhaps I was unfairly thinking it would have been more akin to a full maturation on Oloroso, where, as what we have is a peaty whisky in frilly Oloroso knickers. And lovely knickers thy are too.
    It’s a salty, dark fruit, volatile arrival with wood and ash and matchstick wood, fruity varnish - a deep nose and it’s cherry menthol tobacco, mint and leather and more ash.

    In the mouth and it’s powerful on arrival. I keep thinking I should be thinking whisky thoughts but the arrival makes me think of a hot espresso. Rich, dense, dark and then the warmth, fine cigar tobacco’s, earthy sweetness. But there’s a shot of peaty ash and salt, dry sherry and oak. There also a burnt apricot or baked peach in there too, a bit of overdone spice cake and a maybe some sort of bitter citrus oil. On the finish t’s got a nice drying tail, a peppery, oaky astringency with menthol and ginger. The finish goes on, and on, and on.

    So, another enjoyable PC. Still no nearer trying one that hasn’t been draped in some cask finery, but not to worry, this is a very fine whisky. I’m hoping I’ll like one with her cask finish off, just as much.

  112. jkswift scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  113. StephanB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  114. Sidney87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  115. Florius scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  116. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Maybe my expectations were a little too high. Still very pleasing PC. I like it best in the nose.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat only very subtle, the (sweet) wine barrel notes dominate. Acts rather mild but very entertaining.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Decent start, there is the peat. Followed by a sweet, creamy wineiness that slowly turns into dry.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A little nutty, slightly bitter, dry, peat.

  117. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First impressions (opened and tasted 2x as of now on two consecutive days):
    Was looking forward to this one, b/c I really like what PC did with the CC:01 and MC:01. However despite the promising Oloroso this one seems by far the most simplistic of the bunch. No off flavors or sulphur I can detect thus far alright, but a kind of added sherry finish sweetness on the tongue lacking depth or complexity and for a smokey Islay a rather abrupt end when it comes to the finish. A crowd pleaser in the highly sought-after "smoke and sherry" category but also thus def. overrated on the base imho.
    Can't imagine it gaining much over time with air as the problem isn't it being too unpleasantly alcoholic or unbalanced, just very simplistic tasting and feeling almost a bit watery @55.1% abv. which is quite baffeling to me. Again, where is the development and the finish? More of a one trick pony compared to the aforementioned versions. I actually prefer Peat's Beast PX for less than half the price. Or for that matter a recently acquired 8yo cask strength Caol Ila from a Bourbon barrel that's bringing way more wood and depth to the flavor than this PC which seems more like pretty boring juice from depleted casks which got a quick infusion by young sherry.
    :-( Still a solid 86 p. as it's not a "bad whisky" at all, just a lackluster approach lacking finesse and personality while being ambitiously priced. I am a bit sad. Had I known before I would've spent my money on something else e.g. the wonderful peated Cragganmore 12 cs from last year.

  118. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good for the money

  119. Islay1815 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Issue price approx. € 90
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  120. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  121. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  122. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  123. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  124. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  125. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  126. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  127. Glenladdie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  128. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    First impression of a sample: very good!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  129. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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