Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

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

Average value

€ 97.99

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.03 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. StephanB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Sidney87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Florius scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  8. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Member 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.

  10. funtik1975 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good for the money


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