Port Charlotte 2001

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Laddie Crew Valinch 03 - Tina MacKinnon
Stated Age
12 years old
Premium French Oak
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
06 May 2014 7:31 pm by meganstars
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 220.00

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29 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2001

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.70 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tina MacKinnon? Tina is by her name one of the supervisors of Harvey Bottling Hall, who has since adopted her maiden name, Tina MacLeod. Her 2014 Valinch is - originally completely unplanned - formally something very special, as he is the only peaty among 24 Crew Valinches so far. Why is that? Because at that time in good old tradition only a handfill barrel stood in the shop. It was not until much later that it was decided to add a second barrel and set up a separate PC Cask exploration series with the Seòlaid. And so it was then just under the CVs with only a single smoker. But enough of the theory. Eye / nose: Optically quite dark and strong for a wine storage. Not the darkest for sure, but the filling is visually very good. If the PC was a Laga, Laphi or Bowmore, I would now leave out at this point on one of my favorite topics, namely E150a and suspect any sales tricks. But Laddie luckily does not color. Rather, a camel goes through the eye of a needle to quote the former Master Distiller. Optically, the Tina Valinch makes much more than the slightly pale Octomore 07.2. Beautiful stained glass windows on the glass, however, both distinguish them. The Valinch looks very oily. Originally. I like it. Heavier on the nose, slightly sweet smoke, mellow freshness, preserved fruit and some notes of fresh coffee beans. Reminds me a little of a wood fire of softwood and ... SPECK. I'm a bit skeptical, smell again. Again this light but incomparable scent of sweet smoked bacon. Spices, how to use them for a roast. Laurel, cloves, black pepper, maybe a little salt. But there is always the association with fried bacon. Infinity 3.1 and the ingenious Orpheus come to mind. Perfectly. I'm curious what the palate brings. Palate: The mouthfeel is wonderfully oily and the taste is very strong overall. The malt dresses his mouth as if it were being atomised. Fascinating effect. Without the information on the label, I would have given the many large bubbles in the glass and the tingling in the mouth blind rather typed more than 60 revolutions. Sweet smoked bacon, albeit in the light form. "Bacon is extremely difficult," Jim had repeatedly responded to the question in Tastings, why he does not (in principle) again reconstruct the so highly valued 'Orpheus'. At any rate, this is exactly my taste. A strong and at the same time elegant, fruity smoker with bacon aromas. These are joined by chocolate notes. Crispy waffles with chocolate coating come to mind first. The Tina Valinch you can fit chewing but also almost. Should also be done to give him a suitable stage. I'm excited. Almost superfluous to mention, no excessive acidity, no astringent notes, no bitterness. Finish / Conclusion: Medium long sweetish-smoky finish, the peat remains naturally as expected forever. Again and again the memory of fried bacon smoked on hickory wood on the tongue. An unobtrusive, basically perfect, vinous sweetness. Even the finish stimulates salivation. Reminds of Octomores 6.3 and 7.2. In addition to the "Tina MacKinnon" of 07.2 acts on me, however, almost a little "artificial" sweet. What is of course Humbug, nevertheless, the Valinch is the much more balanced and subjectively more or less "original" Malt. All the way - as if to perfect it for me, a slightly chalky note. WOW!

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very own and musty, but still delicious, Port Charlotte always manages: D
    • Nose
      Cowshed, wet hay, manure, wet coal, lead, oregano, thyme, fennel, bitter orange behind
    • Taste
      Fresh rye bread, ashes, manure, coal, grapefruit, green apple, sour cherry, lead, herbs
    • Finish
      Next pieces of coal, rye bread, apple with shell, long

  3. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The single crew Valinch, who is a Port Charlotte ... delicious! The Port Charlotte Cask Exploration Valinches series, launched thereafter, joins a long line of single-cask fills.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. mikespike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A very intense malt. The cask is quite present. Overall a very pronounced Port Charlotte, dark and deep, a pleasure.

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    It was sold as 'souvenir' at the distillery for the price holborndrinker mentioned: you got the opportunity to fill your own bottle straight from the cask.

  6. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is currently available from the distillery at £75.00 per bottle, an increase on the normal price of a valinch from the distillery which has been £55 per bottle.


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