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Port Charlotte 2012 SC: 01

Overall rating
87.17/100
votes
99
Whiskybase ID
WB209631
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Exploration Series
Vintage
2012
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Butts + Sauternes Finish
Strength
55.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L165308 22/020
Barcode
5055807414586
Added on
05 may 2022 11:14 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 94.34

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2012 SC: 01

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another proper showing from Port Charlotte, the subtle peat elements and the Sauternes fruitiness are a very good tandem.
    • Nose
      Heathery smoke accompanies subtle farmy influences, burlap, and stone fruits like peach and nectarine, as well as charred pineapple and a touch of rubber. Plenty of caramel and raw sugar too. Not too peaty nor very coastal.
    • Taste
      Lovely viscosity. Proper sweet arrival with an encore by the stone fruits, as well as heather honey, crushed mint leaves, black pepper and earthy peat. There's a touch of soot here as well, followed by warm notes of tobacco, leather and sweet vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long with a pinch of salt, lemon pith and charcoal.

  2. Gareth74 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    One to make it’s stablemates look even tastier.

    Hmm, I’m feeling a bit torn for the first time with the Cask Exploration series from Port Charlotte. Is it the locally grown barley or the Sauternes cask, or a bit of both?

    I suppose I have to start with the most obvious influence. Ive always eyed Sauternes uneasily with suspicion when it comes to whisky finishes. Every glass of the stuff I’ve had (3 in total over the years) I’ve really disliked, its up there with Grappa (seriously - what is that even meant to be, had one made with tobacco of all things, vile) and Calvados (God’s reminder that cider is what he invented apples for). Maybe now it is time to pray to the whisky gods that Calvados and Grappa do not become the finishing bellé du jour of whisky world any time soon. Sauternes is just one of those flavours that doesn’t quite gel for me. To be fair, I’m not well traveled when it comes to this stuff, but, I think it’s safe to say we should trust our gut on matters of taste. Sauternes is just not my cup of meat.

    Then there’s the barley. So, this is the first 100% locally grown barley to be used in the series. I’m not clever enough to be able to detect a strong difference and say one way or the other that this had made a difference, but whether its the experiment itself (a lot of casking and re-casking) there’s just that feeling that things are a little off kilter. Of course, if you love sauternes and heavily peated whisky it’s likely you’ll disagree and tell me to jump in a lake. Which is fine.

    Sauterne-gate aside, it’s honestly good to see even more of what they do being done locally. More local skills, more local jobs, more investment in people and communities and whilst it is flavourless and odourless, it’s one of the best ingredients around. Also, the bottle and tin remain the same which is something I truly love down to my boots, kind of makes you wonder how long they will maintain this glorious packaging as pressure to package things ‘responsibly’ gains traction. IMO I cant see what real difference a few extra grams of glass and some tin really make to the world but maybe the WEF are right and soon we’ll be renting everything and owning nothing and eating bugs - we can have our whisky delivered in plain reusable metal canisters (like LOOP do for other things) and then when we have finished out allotted monthly ration of whisky we can send it back. No more silly packaging, no more complicated and beautiful design, no more wasteful technology - just beautiful, soulless utilitarian orthodoxy. I may pass.

    So, it’s up the nose it goes. Colour-wise it is a lovely sparkling liquid honeysuckle and greasy looking. Quite a departure from its sherried brethren. As soon as it’s poured you know what is in the glass. It’s on my desk, 2 foot away in a cool room and it’s already up and out. Up close and there mountains of PC peat and nice soot but tempered with a candied sweetness, yellow melons collide with meaty ash and there’s a noticeably saltiness, too. The bourbon parts of the experiment are far more obvious too, bright and woody, peppery vanilla but it never gets all its own way, there’s a little cool chlorine-like note hiding behind the wood and a hot drying oaky gingery heat and some cigar boxes. A little smoked lemon zest? If I was guessing I would have never said Sauternes, more bourbon but a strange one. There is a strange smell to the proceedings. Compared to the OLC, OC and PAC it feels more fiery and feisty. (After a sip there’s more of a dairy toffee note on the nose, creamier).

    Let’s drink it. Initially, for a split second there’s nothing, then it unfolds dramtically. To begin with there's an abrupt sweetness, the melons and honey and some salt and the recognisable PC peat and sootiness try and say hello but they get elbowed square in the ribs by oak, bourbon, woody astringency and salty ash. And that’s how the palate stays. It’s far more austere than others in the range, hotter, drier, more minerality and the salt comes back in more at the end. It’s not got the biggest finish either (which surprises me), some liquorice arrives at the death which is really nice but it’s subtle.

    So. What can I say? It’s a great addition to the range but it’s not a successful experiment, IMO. The things I loved about the marriage of the PC juice with the other endeavours I just don’t find here. It feels less harmonious, less sympathetic and just less enjoyable overall. The £15 price increase doesn’t really make it go down any easier, either. PC needs to get back on track, make me happy - a balls to the wall PX/fino mashup might be just the ticket or if we’re good maybe a really good vintage port in some proper old wood (pleeeeease), and I think we can all agree Sauternes is best left to people who love drinking horrible wine. (Ducks for cover and runs away). Cheers.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Here Bruichladdich shows once again that they know their craft. Just nine years old, he comes across as very confident, is so smooth that you would easily give him a few more years. Peat smoke and fruit complement each other wonderfully.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Almost lovely nose, mild and slightly greasy smoke. Strawberries, red currants, grapes, raisins. Some marjoram and tarragon, heather, very nice balance between spice and fruit.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and creamy onset, greasy, warm smoke, which is very subtle and leaves room for the fruits (strawberries, lemon, grapefruit). A pleasant sweetness spreads, not too heavy on the tongue, but just right due to the partly tart accents (the grapefruit). Dry wood, now also dried plums, maritime feeling, pepper comes along with cold espresso.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry, delicately smoky, maritime, with a pleasant sweetness of fruit, notes of chocolate and nougat.

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A relatively simple but clean whisky. Has a lot of a classic PC standard and some luscious fruit from the sweet wine.
    Here you get what the key data also promise.
    Depending on the mood of the day between 86 and 87 points.

    I'd prefer the PC 10 Heavily Peated at half the price, although a very good Sauternes is one of my favorite wines if you're in the mood for that kind of wine.
    • Nose
      87 87
      87.5
      The nose is in the foreground a very classic PC profile and even quite reserved for the age.
      The peat smoke goes greasy and right next to it is a palatable wall of sweet fruit aromas like peach, apricot, jelly beans and sweet wine.
      A bit bitter at the end as well, but that is overshadowed by the fat middle part.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The onset is pretty damn mild for the age and percentage, but that may also be due to the dram of a George Dickel Tabasco finish I previously had in the glass.

      The aromas alternate between smoky, sweet and also a lot of tartaric notes. Pleasant mouthfeel, but also a bit bitter at the end.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Not particularly pleasant, because somehow not really harmonious.

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    N: Sweet caramel, earthy peat -campfire, vanilla Landluft (staple hey...) and cheese, yellow fruits - apricot 87.. slightly seabreeze w. water slight soap notes. / Some fireworks

    T: Great oliy texture...starts sweet caramel, vanilla slight fruit notes apricots (more w. Water orange lichy)....the peat develops and steps more and more in the foreground of everything.. pepper 90

    D/F heavy peat almost Octomore levels (feels like)..cacao notes drying..ash, Fireworks, caramel and peat peat peat 89.. caramel again some saltiness - for a moment I had a touch of strawberry Schnaps -

    Great smoker not very complex but fun. I like it more than OLC and PAC Just a bit overpriced ..

  7. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful assimilation of fresh fruits and peat smoke. Another absolute winner from Bruichladdich! Just slightly behind the OLC:01 in my opinion but then again, it is a very different experience. Value (£90) : 6/10
    • Nose
      A wonderful burst of fruitiness. Peaches, melon and apricots galore. All coated in an envelope of smoke that is not too intense. Campfire-like I must say. Citrus zest. I get plenty of vanilla and butterscotch as well. Very creamy on the nose and filled with breakfast cereal notes. There is a significant coastal element as well with wet rocks and a light salinity. In the back I get a mild farmy element that I have found in some Islay Barley expressions from Bruichladdich. Some time in the glass really brings this forward along with the sweet cereal notes.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and oily in texture. On the initial palate, the overwhelming experience is that of a very sweet smoke. The peat is more pronounced now, more vegetal in character. I get plenty of barley sugars, wine gums and boiled sweets. Then, those fresh yellow fruits arrive again, now with an addition of a citrus spritz. Candied ginger and orange peels. It then develops into an intense coastal, mineral note with flashes of sea spray on the back of the palate.
    • Finish
      The finish is dominated by that mineral note again. Wet rocks and coastal notes. Sweeter this time, with more malt-cereal sweetness and some honey. Then it becomes drier with notes of tobacco and some bitter cocoa. The peat returns to carry it all through.

  8. WhiskeyMavens scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This expression stands out from the rest of the Port Charlotte Cask Exploration series releases in many ways. It's amazing how the terroire lends itself differently than the previous expressions I've enjoyed from this series.

    I'm curious to see how this holds up after a few weeks, as I have with other expressions from this series. After a string of mediocre neck pours, the other expressions have exploded. This has been a fairly consistent experience throughout the lineup.

    SC 01 2012 has already clocked above 90 on the neck pour, which raises my expectations sky high. I expect it to stay consistent, if not improve with some air.

  9. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A powerful performance! Sweetness in taste, paired with campfire smoke and a very dry finish from the Sauternes cask.
    The only downside is of course the price increase in the Exploration series, but that's probably unavoidable at the moment.
    The 100% Islay barley from this bottling did not taste good to me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Citrus aromas and peat smoke on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      First the alcohol hit me, then there was a distinct sweetness with campfire smoke and the oak on the palate. It irritated me at first, but then integrated into a nice, comforting taste experience. The finish in the Sauternes has become very dry, but no disturbing bitter tones.
    • Finish
      89 89
      I still had a wonderful taste on the palate for a long time and the alcohol strength was nicely integrated.
      But I like that Port Charlotte flavor, it's not for everyone!

  10. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I can agree 100% with the statements made by thijs100. Perfectly described. Anyone who likes Sauternes will really enjoy the PC. Splendid.

  11. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Something special about this bottling, but still very independent, which I really appreciate.
    It is especially fun on the palate and I like the powerful, tingling attack. Also has something refreshing until it fades again on the exit and it becomes a bit bulky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Delicate and quite elegant maritime smoke together with sweet and sour notes. Peat fire, salty sea breeze, vanilla, malt, toffee, tangerine juice, runny honey, salt flowers, freshly cut twigs, tree bark, fresh apples. The alcohol is easily noticeable in the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, fresh, maritime. Peppery attack, slightly spicy, slightly oily. The alcohol strength is noticeable here. Again the peat smoke together with a very special aroma (like moist tree bark) that I actually haven't had in any other malt. In addition pears, caramel, limes, cane sugar, honey, fine oak, linoleum, solvents.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mid-length finish. Smoke, ash, liquorice, burnt caramel, slightly spicy oak and damp tree bark again. Slightly dry towards the back.

  13. mattheww scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Comet67 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. ea teasse scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Today I taste the newest Port Charlotte descendant. The 2012 SC. That translates into a 9-year-old Islay whisky with a finish in Sauternes barrels at 55.2%. The initial maturation took place mainly in Bourbon casks and limited in sherry casks, before finishing everything in the Sauternes casks.

    Initially, the peat is not very strong on the nose. It's there, yes, but when I think of the Port Charlotte 10, for example, this peat is less aggressive. A warm spiciness and warm fruit radiates from the glass. I get peaches in syrup on the BBQ, warm pineapple, burning wood and maritime notes on the nose. Honey and vanilla fill in all the gaps between the flavors. Some mint comes up as well as citronella.
    Let's hope the taste continues the fantastic nose.

    The first sip is mainly on its maritime notes. Salt, oysters, pepper, With the second sip, the complexity comes more. The sweetness sits at the front of the tongue in the form of orchard fruit. Fruit in syrup, wet earth, smokiness and maritime notes. I even get strawberries and some berries.

    A long and very warming finish on wood tones, smoke, smoked meats, nutmeg, cloves and dark chocolate. Some licorice appears after a while.

    I think this is extremely good. The 3 types of vessels speak. If you can get hold of a bottle definitely do it. Apparently it is not yet readily available in Belgium. I suspect that as usual it will be launched here in the fall with the new Octomore 13 range. And let me already say that I am particularly looking forward to the 13.2. The Octomore distillate on Oloroso barrels. But that is an other story.

  17. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. MaroFF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A revelation for me!
    The best whisky so far from the Cask Exploration series (I only miss PC CC: 01 to taste and compare).
    Until now, I can feel the aftertaste of strawberries with chocolate in a soot coating.
    The alcohol is completely undetectable, a mist of mint, also does a pretty good job. The sweetness of peach, apples and citrus, and at the same time shrouded in smoke and burnt wood, this is what I like!
    • Nose
      92 92
      delicate, sweet, fruity, apple citrus, peach, a bit of mint and a lot of smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, creamy, red berries, charcoal, then delicate strawberry and chocolate pudding
    • Finish
      92 92
      long, smoky - fruity, apples, milk chocolate and cherries with strawberries in a delicate soot.

  19. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Der Franke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. man2392 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweaty, blue cheese, bicycle tyres and vanilla
    Palate: Apricot, honeysuckle and chopped hazelnuts
    Finish: Fruit Dainties

  26. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. eselsim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    dry, sour, harsh, smokey, pine needles
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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