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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2008
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 points
- # 693
Notes from whisky evening 2018-06-16 => 87/100
- The smoke could be a bit more integrated, and also the nose closer to the taste... but it is otherwise quite ok.
It's vegetal and tarty to begin with: chicory, celery, some smoky mortar of a fireplace, dry and citrusy. Sharp. When it rounds up it comes up with some sweet grain, pears, grapes, caipirinha and some more smoky, sweet grain.
It has a confectionary quality, very sweet, truffle, almond, Wetabix with milk and honey, very grainy. The smoke is instead quite dry and strong. These integrate some and sweeten, but it stays on the borders of tarty and sweet.
- The fact that the barley is grown on Islay was lost on my taste buds, but the dram is very drinkable and I would recommend it.
- I need to watch old videos of Oz Clarke to learn better descriptors - meanwhile I'll comfort myself knowing this is a decent dram.
A faint aroma of peat - inviting rather than overpowering.
Well balanced - warm mouth feel with a very pleasant taste.
Long and smooth - reminds me of Lapsang tea.
Chimney smoke, lemons. Smoked trout. Wet wall paint, artificial leather.
Clear. Light honey sweetness, then spicy and smoky. Some brown sugar and ashes.
- Serge says: A very brand new bottling of Port Charlotte. Colour: white wine. Nose:
writing that this noses like ‘a distillery on Islay’ would be an
euphemism. In fact, it’s exactly like smelling a handful of kilned
malted barley. And far behind that, in the distance, touches of
wholegrain bread, ashes, coal smoke and a drop of clairin. You know,
that Haitian white rum. A little petrol, perhaps. With water: straight,
clean zesty, smoky, uncomplicated, to the point. And always this lovely
bready side. Mouth (neat): speaking of clairin, there are indeed notes
of big fat white rum in this, then more kippers, almonds, ashes and
liquorice. And just one drop of lemon juice. Maraschino. A little acrid,
but I like that. With water: full, vivid, clean, ashy, smoky. A great
distillate. Finish: long and brinier. Comments: a wine malt. Character,
essence, location, belonging. A ta santé, Mark. SGP:457 - 88 points.
Herbs, fine, very fresh
Peat, rusty iron