Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Sherry Hogshead
MoS 12034
Number of bottles
63.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
02 aug 2012 12:14 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.00

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44 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 2002 MoS

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.35 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I have said it before, not an easy combo (for me). I prefer it with a dash of water, since I like the sweet side of whisky. And this one can take it. Sturdy fellow. Not for whippersnappers.
    • Nose
      At first I get all the coastal notes on the nose: salt, seaweeds and of course the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Islay peat. Quite farmy too, on the edge of smelly (meant in the nicest possible way). The sherry cask then shows itself, albeit light and discrete, in the form of polished saddle, a bit of oranges and almonds. An apt description in my book would be salt marzipan, should such a thing exist. Water makes the sweet elements more pronounced.
    • Taste
      It is rough and sharp on the tongue, clearly a young and wild animal. Djeez! Again quite some silt and smokiness, but it quickly turns very sweet. Yes, that is more like it. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Oranges, butterscotch, even apricots. Good, but very loud. I jot down some liquorice and a pinch of dried ginger. Let me add some water. Immediately it becomes very sweet and I cannot get the idea of a full ashtray out of my mind. Again, in the good sense.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm, allowing sweet and salt to cross the finish line simultaneously.

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  3. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    My impression of this whisky differs greatly from the evaluation of the other base users and is only to be understood as a snapshot while tasting a sample.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Without water very one-sided, the smoke in connection with the high alcohol content covers almost everything else.
    Plenty of water with it: It improves my taste a bit, that's the only way to tease out a few sweet fruit flavors. I usually like smoky whiskys, but this is not my cup of tea. Maybe you need a bigger sample to be able to experiment more with adding water. It was certainly not due to the lack of downtime, this one took an hour to develop in the Snifter.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Clearly smoke, more of the cold and ashy variety, alcohol at times concise and pungent. Musty forest floor. Hardly any fruit or other sweet notes (honey) noticeable. Water tickles out some fruity notes, towards grapes and apricots.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Briefly mild, but then the alcohol content bites through and settles on the tongue. Again the cold ashy smoke, but now some fruit, light fruit sweetness and sour citrus aromas.
      With water: as before, add a little malt sweetness, the mustiness also increases.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long, but also mainly smoke, strongly astringent and sharp on the tongue. Light citrus notes. Water hardly changes anything here.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    (Blindtasting Notes)
    • Nose
      89 89
      I'll just knock it out right now and look at it: an independently bottled Bowmore or Ledaig. If the latter, then maybe an almost ten-year-old SV vase - I have one of these open here, with a similarly murderous ABV (besides, I think I remember that Frank likes it too). Would also think that it was a sherry barrel, and a pretty good, clean one: there is no gum, no gunpowder, nothing, just a creamy, caramel-like, delicately berry-fruity density that carries the spicy peat notes. And that's more maritime and not mainland peat smoke, wonderfully algae, brackish, salty, so I'll stick with Mull or Islay. With water it opens properly (no wonder with the reserves) and the range of aromas becomes .... wider? The peat smoke is more aromatic, the barrel more fruity (yes, you know what I mean) and it looks as if it has gained at least two more years of maturity. Uff, really good, I feel compelled to go for 88-89 points for the second time this evening.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Where how. You can actually drink it straight. And on the palate my Ledaig / SV assumption also solidifies. It just has this herbaceous-tart, peppery, slightly cow-stable component. Super intense, but less refined than the nose. So not a miracle of complexity, but a flawless, young, sherry-ripe island smoker. Despite the surprising mildness, I'll put a little water in ... Yes, it's worth it. It then becomes sweeter and fruity, the sherry barrel (?) Comes through more.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long smoke accordingly. Blackberry jam, wild honey, sprigs of rosemary, camphor oil, campfire on the beach with added seaweed.

  7. Lafroy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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