- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Distillery Valinch
- Stated Age
- 13 years old
- Calculated age
- 14 years old
- 2nd fill Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 62.3 % Vol.
- 500 ml
- Bottled for
- Distillery only
- Added on
- 19 nov 2020 9:17 pm by macog
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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte SHC: 03 2006
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.43 points
- Released for 75 £ in November 2020. Made available in an online ballot due to COVID-19 restrictions closing the distillery for visitors
- Even the nose of the golden dram casts me under its spell. Great. Completely different from what I originally expected the Sherry PC. Refill Fino or maybe Amontillado?
Then comes the wood, but this time not oak. Instead, a kind of conifers, tree sap, dark pine honey. Is that incense? No, probably not, I remember earlier Christmas parties where we often played around with incense candles as children. Something like that is on my nose. I notice spices, fine smoke and light fruits, especially grapes, in the background. I don't like to stop enjoying the scent.
Finally I arm myself and try the Valinch, as usual, initially undiluted. It pushes really well, almost taking my breath away with the first sip. With the second and third sip, however, the situation relaxes. The enjoyment begins. The mouth is warmed up vigorously, and yet the Valinch looks almost velvety. It is always exciting to see how Bruichladdich manages this so convincingly with their peated product lines. The sweetish smoke is slowly but inexorably gaining the upper hand on the tongue over the other aromas. Very interesting, extraordinary interplay of the aromas, which make the malt appear well balanced overall. How pleasant to finally experience the sherry again as a companion, not as a dominator.
Finally, the smoke surrounds the aromas like a light cloak. The irrepressible power of the phenols on the palate seems to have evaporated. As is so often the case with Port Charlotte, I find the smoke more minty cool than warming. In addition, there is an aftertaste that I most likely associate with white mentos after a cigarette. Typical stop!
In the truest sense of the word a Port Charlotte as it stands in the book.
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- High octane. Heavy smoke and peat initially on the nose. Oily with sweet smoke on the palette. With water slightly more floral on the nose. Could be forgiven for guessing a Bowmore. The oiliness remains through the long finish. This is really an excellent dram. Enjoyment marred slightly by the high price especially given it is only a 50cl bottle. This was the only ballot valinch I was able to get my hands on so can't say if this is unique or representative.
- Color: Burnished. In short, only I would be out of breath, but it smells a lot more interesting than the Heretic. The balsam / fat cream of any kind from the Sponge is available (pretty heavy even), plus citrus, and sherry. With water: citrus and heavy alcohol, woah ... It must have mixed it up well. Calms down after a while, no alcohol, but generally more sedate. In the mouth: See above, with a small amount of sherry. Few plums, more like walnuts. Finish: Like the sponge, only with a little sherry. In the back, water mint, herb candy.
- i love the SHC series and this is good as always. superb nose and great finish! only problem, price and availability...
- It's interesting, sherry is not overwhelming, salt, coniferous, resin. Sweetness and acidity in the background. Smoke is in the background, delicate sour fruit, sour grapes. Oily. Long finish with sweet soft smoke. alcohol pleasantly hidden. 90 from me. It is a pity that there is no more of this resin. Despite that, I regret that I was scared off by the £ 30 shipping price. The price was fair ???? Try it!
- Brutal start after smokers have ushered in the Christmas season in line with the season. Reconciled with beautiful mint notes that stand out.
Overall, a beautiful Port Charlotte that has not been slapped on tap and has a pleasant profile. For my taste, it's still too massive to get top marks.
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