Port Charlotte Cask Exploration 07

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valinch Eolas an Deididh
Stated Age
09 years old
Rivesaltes Wine Cask
Number of bottles
64.7 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
19 Mar 2016 11:19 am by stellan0r
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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€ 165.13

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte Cask Exploration 07

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. Babelsbaer scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    About the label:

    Ahh... the old Toothache Stone behind Port Charlotte. Legend has it that when you felt the pangs of toothache you headed there armed with nails and a hammer - after hammering the nails into the rock your toothache had gone.

    Inspiration for the valinch came from stories told by Alastair Maclellan from Black Brae (his house featured in another valinch: Bruthaich Dubh No. 03).

    The 'Toothache Stone' photo was taken by my partner Amanda after being encouraged to walk there by Alastair's stories. He didn't tell her the field was occupied by a herd of Highland cows (I think they belonged to a Mr James Brown of Octomore), which proceeded to charge at her thinking she was coming to feed them. She promptly exited the area.

    - Roddy MacEachern (October 2019, at the Friends of the
    Bruichladdich forum)

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Especially in the taste he likes me really good, nice intense, good matching smoke and beautifully integrated Weinfasseinfluss.
    • Nose
      Starts very interesting, nicely bound greasy smoke, smoked bacon, over it is a slightly fermented fruitiness, a fine red wine note, sweet and slightly bubbly raspberry, behind the smoke he is incredibly sweet, nuts come to it, damp tobacco, very changeable, some alcoholic chocolate, like Lumumba, but darker and more intense, a minty freshness settles on everything, a breeze of pepper
    • Taste
      intense, very creamy, well integrated smoke, spicy with some cinnamon, lots of chocolate, turns from whole milk to dark, red fruit, also slightly peppery pungency, nice mouthfeel, good drinkable without water, but a few drops of water once again to a taste explosion, makes good
    • Finish
      becoming drier, the smoke lingers for a long time, ashes, a veil of chocolate lies over everything, which is getting more and more bitter, nuts, the aftertaste of chewed red fruit, the mouthfeel is still creamy

  3. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff unfortunately difficult to get. For me these peaty drams with wine finish are simply great
    • Nose
      The nose has a great smoke / fruit balance. The peat is there but gives enough space for a fruity influence. The wine shows up and gives dark berries, honey and dark pepper the floor.
    • Taste
      First starts with peat but immediately turns into wine sweetness where you have raspberry candies, dark pepper again
    • Finish
      Then smoke again and semi-long. The sweetness disappears and the finish is a bit unspectacular compared to the other components.

  4. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich continues with Cask Explorations. Of course it is again a single cask without unnecessary cooling filtration or the expendable E105a. Conspicuous at first glance, matching the spring beginning of 2016 has come on the labels of Lenz. It presents itself in a colorful way, the current Port Charlotte PC 07 Valinch, where previously it was dominated by gray. From the pure frame data, he is with 9 completed years the most recent CE Valinch. As always, when you follow someone's great, you have a hard time. I find myself wondering whether the new guy will be able to compete with Cuan-Àrd, his immediate predecessor. The latter had impressed me very much. Where do we start? Since it is a Rivesaltes storage, without previous Bourbon ripening or other ACE'ing and Rivesaltes may not be as familiar as other types of barrels, we first take a look to France. In the French wine-growing region Rivesaltes, named after the town of the same name, wine is traditionally grown on stony terraces. It is mainly produced fortified liqueur wine, so-called Vin Doux Naturel, in whose production, the fermentation is inhibited by the addition of alcohol. During the oxidative expansion in barrel or fermenting balloon, the wine is fully exposed to the weather fluctuations. Cold and heat make it mature disproportionately fast and take on a brownish color. Sounds really good in theory. Practically I have to say, however, unlike Madeira, Banyuls or Pomerol Rivesaltes maturations have me at best moderately convinced. Eye / Nose: Very nice tone, caramel. Chaste brown like the Rivesaltes itself. The nose brings a mix of alcoholic notes and smoked cereal, some sweetness reminding me of chopped raisins. A certain similarity to Kilchoman can not be denied due to the grain influences. No pastry notes, as you can usually expect in a Laddie distillate. Rather little smoke for a PC. The alcohol decreases slightly in the glass over time, leaving more room for the other influences. Very beautiful. Palate: Sneaky! At the lips and Zugenspitze he sneaks past smooth, then it makes out of nowhere "BOOM" and felt the whole mouth is in short flames. 64.7% ABV are already a house number - you have to like. Like being kicked by a horse. Two teaspoons of water tame it, but it is an extremely violent effect. Now the other notes are wonderfully effective. Soaked prunes, hazelnuts, raisins. Fantastic taste. Two spoons of water give it a grandiose elegance without losing its power. Finish / Conclusion: Of course, the smoke now takes the space he deserves. The finish is pleasantly sweet, probably the residual sweetness from the wine barrel. Still the slight raisin note. The finish is shorter than in the previous PCs. Although here, the few drops of water have an unreservedly positive effect. Typically Rivesaltes, which can be used both as a digestif and as an aperitif. Towards the end, a bit of cold ashtray remains. Tip: be sure to sniff the glass the next morning. A fantastic scent of freshly cut wood, like a sawmill. The smoky note is reminiscent of burnt wood. Maybe the sheet was a little hot.

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Roman scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff. Enjoy it!


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