Port Charlotte 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
10 Nov 2014 1:17 pm by ARDBERG

Average value

€ 82.00

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130 × member ratings

283 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2008

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.60 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion in the strong peat experiment: Here, too, I'm pretty sure that it is an Islay whisky. It could be a Caol Ila or a Finlaggan. 10-12 years old and about 43% alcohol content.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Mineral peat rises from the glass. A subtle hint of smoke is added and is permeated by a hint of fruit. The peat and smoke slowly recede, the fruity notes become more intense. Banana aroma and citrus fruits, a hint of vanilla and caramel-like sweetness. The fruity sweetness now dominates the nose and invites to the first sip. At Snaefell I would tap on the nose of an Islay alone.
    • Taste
      Cold smoke dominates the first impression. Tart wood tones mingle with the earthy peat, a pinch of black pepper settles discreetly burning around the tongue. Tart wood elements and dark earthy tones let forget the fruitiness of the nose. A pinch of salt and sea arouse the longing for beach and foaming surf. Ashes, embers and campfire romance provide contrast.
    • Finish
      Dark and tart wood elements leave the finish discreetly bitter start. Salt and ash now dominate the finish, the smoke returns. Mineral and maritime ends the finish, the black pepper heats the tongue again at the end again. The finish sounds salty and sour.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    the 50% alcohol well integrated, little complex, but pleasant to drink blind tasting
    • Nose
      light cowshed, maritime notes, wood ash smoke, in the background bright fruit,
    • Taste
      soft start, ash smoke, sweet,
    • Finish
      long, ashes, sweet, lemon,

  3. Helgo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting in the forum Fassstark.de: "The peat experiment"
    Snaefell: again a bit thin, little depth, light smoke, I get little flavors. Also in the mouth not much and short finish. Well, that's the last one in the first round and so a bit tiresome. I still tend to think that it is not an Islay peat and set the probability to 25%.
    The 25% I attach to short associations to Kilchoman. Even with a knowing eye, the nose is quite thin and, in my opinion, attractive. Many PC UAs I appreciate, in the original versions, it sticks with me a little. I get a bit of a cow shark note that does not appeal to me.
    Apart from that, I feel that bottling as the "worst" of the six subjects!
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The smell is in spite of the only medium smoke in the first impression harsh and kräutrig, only after a while, it is sweeter. If you give the whisky time, the complexity in the nose increases significantly. The taste starts varied, but falls off after a short time in the mouth significantly. The second sip, however, brings new impressions. The finish is rather simple, but the gentle smoke remains long and white to please. blind tasting
    • Nose
      medium smoke, herbal candy, some lemon, fennel, a hint of anise, some oak, sweetly fermented fruit in the background, burnt paper, smoked ham
    • Taste
      A gentle start is immediately followed by the taste of citrus, ginger sharpness, then comes oak, it brings both bitter notes and sweet vanilla, smoke and oak remain, the fruits are lost
    • Finish
      Smoke, oak, sweet fruits, peach, but also lemon, gentle smoke remains on the palate

  5. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blindverkostung fassstark.de "Torfexperiment"
    • Nose
      Hui, here are interesting flavors at work. Burnt bay leaves? In any case, angekokelte herbs, honey and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet at the beginning, at the same time salty. Little peaty, dry from the start. Herb herbs come with time
    • Finish
      Rather short, dry, residual sweetness of green grapes.

  6. martinseco scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This young Port Charlotte with malt from Islay barley has everything I like about peated laddies: fine malty notes, fruity sweetness, peat smoke and the sea.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. STL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Besides peat, predominantly leather softened by a touch of honey. Without surprise but without defect.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Gigiomix scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Spicy and salty, peated at the edge of the "burnt rubber" aftertaste: interesting and complex, but not unforgettable. Short and acute finish.

  9. Koalafant scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    # 233

    Notes from 015-02-11 => 77/100

    wonderfully peated paints, but less complex than other Port Charlotte bottlings.
    • Nose
      77 77
      First phenolic smoke, then chocolate and vanilla. Pretty sweet with a minty freshness in the background
    • Taste
      77 77
      Sweetness of vanilla and caramel with a slight sharpness as well as herbal notes and dark chocolate
    • Finish
      77 77
      long and sweet

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Blind tasting during the peat experiment by fassstark.de:

    Difficult, not typical Islay. I almost said a hole Lomond peated, but that's not it. No clue. Very Islay untypical.

    At the post-tasting:
    A young whisky with a peculiar smoke. Very ashy. Generally it looks very artificial and constructed. You get the impression to suck on plastic, but is not meant to be negative. Tastes very delicious.
    • Nose
      very light dry smoke, green cereal notes, some cucumber water and slightly sour, a hint of citrus and vanilla, works artificially
    • Taste
      even here only light smoke, but comes very late, vanilla sweetness, slight cereal notes, but also bitter
    • Finish
      The smoke does not come late, but it does not stay so long and almost only tannins remain with a few cereal notes and ashes.


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