- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Giorgio d'Ambrosio Private Reserve
- Stated Age
- 05 years old
- First Fill Sherry Cask
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 10 Jul 2010 2:31 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2002
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.62 points
- Port Charlotte 5 yo 2002/2008 (46%, Giorgio d'Ambrosio/Franco di Lillo, first fill sherry, 268 bottles - 2*134) A shared cask, two labels for the same whisky… We have a picture of both! Colour: amber. Nose: oh yes. Isn’t it amazing how Port Charlotte takes heavy sherry? I don’t know which kind of cask it was (too small for a butt unless it was shared with yet another owner – or maybe a vatting of several bloodtubs? A hoggie?) but this nose is truly beautiful, uniting the best of both worlds (peat and sherry) in just five years. All I’ll say is that this is very close to some old style Islayers (peat, smoke, fresh citrus fruits, dried fruits and myriads of other aromas, many very wild). Superb. Mouth (neat): excellent, very excellent. Once again, everything is integrated, from peat to chocolate and from fruit jellies to leathery notes, even if this puppy may actually be too rich and flavourful. In fact, that’s almost the limit! Finish: extremely long peaty and jammy. Faint rubber in the background. Comments: I don’t want to insist but sherry and Port Charlotte seem to go even better along than Siegfried and Roy – white tigers not included. SGP:557 - 92 points.
- This bottling has it all and reminds me of some older Port Ellen's. A mixture of sweet vanilla, floral notes and a very pronounced peat results in a very complex and also very comfortable to drinking dram. In the very long finish black chocolate and light, spicy oak notes emerge. Hats off, all in all a compelling bottling.
I had this after Two-ee Glenugie [WLP]. I had to go somewhere completely different to avoid any ‘death seat’ possibilities. After all, I’d heard great things about this 5yo.
N: Laphroaig-esque though harks to Ledaig are a fair shout. A shopping list inevitably ensues. We start with salty meaty-herbal-oniony malty toffee-d-oat peat and mineral-y oysters, yet it’s sweet too, towards sweetened [sashimi] seaweed with a touch of sweet soy sauce, a drop of Encona, a few drops of sriracha and a pinhead of wasabi. After that second firm sherry cask-steered Glenugie [WLP], this is an example where sherry cask and peated spirit work in partnership = no [Benriach] Heredotus nonsense here! Here, the sherry itself sings like sweet port at times, which is just lovely and understandable, and with only a suggestion of rubber under some streaky bacon. The sheeny barley certainly shines through as well. Becomes a tad more floral over time. In short, this contains a gamut of flavours that spread widely across the flavour wheel. A 5yo too, some cask!
T: Lusciously herbal salty-sweet toffee with fruity crystalised [Golden Syrup] sugars, though very soon there’s a tac change towards garage diesel oily mineral-y peated > coke-smoke. Water elongates the sweetness. Eventually, it turns more savoury in keeping with the rhythm,… of the night?! Strange dance reference there!
F: A long and chatty finisher with a few highlights, namely bitter sour smoky dry herbal peat becoming lightly gritty/sand-paper/grainy before a touch of rubberiness akin to Glengyle’s raved about Kilkerran 8yo. Totally in control of itself, finally it moves into a light moist-dry smoky [still] slightly dirty oily-sweet charcoal-y oaky < mash. The fire burns brightly, long after the last drop. The empty glass talks of kilns, a smell that never gets tired – as long as you don’t work in a maltings I guess.
C: Only 134 bottles! What was the rrp I wonder? The current price of €527 [at Whisky Antique] is more like RIP. Imagine this after 20 years in glass?