Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Exploration Series
Stated Age
09 years old
Calculated age
10 years old
Oak Cask, Oloroso Hogshead Finish
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L163892 20/043
Added on
12 May 2020 11:01 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 111.50

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

73 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 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.


    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.

    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. Mankut scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 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 ...for reference it resembles most Ballechin imo

    Bottle open for 3 weeks / I go up..the nose is just too good ( classic sherry almost par excellence just don't get nuts yet)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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

  10. 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!


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