Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

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

Average value

€ 102.85

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2010 - OLC: 01

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 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. 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

  5. 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

  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. 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.

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    - 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

  9. 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?);

  10. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

      a little grilling in the mouth
    • Finish
      aniseed finish


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