Overall rating
88.23/100
votes
127
Whiskybase ID
WB87812
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
18.07.2001
Bottled
03.10.2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
276
Number of bottles
210
Strength
62.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 oct 2016 1:51 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 178.38

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127 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 2001 Arc

37 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.23 points.

  1. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice bourbon maturation. At the time of issue, I probably would have gotten a bottle of it straight away. Unfortunately, I found it a bit too late. But that doesn't change the fact that it is really good!

    Full review in a session of six Port Charlotte: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/06/30/alle-port-charlotte-teil-11/

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Somehow I expected stronger Port Charlotte notes, since it comes from a bourbon cask. Most of the other PCs tried were more extroverted, even though the barrel influence was stronger. However, I really liked it. But he would have liked to have had a few more edges. I kind of expected that from the key data.
    • Nose
      A rather dry, herbal and earthy smoke. The Port Charlotte character is amazingly understated. It's there, but relatively subdued for a not-so-active bourbon cask. In addition darkened corn from the grill spread with a little butter. Rather light to yellow fruits. Pear. Physalis. Plus a few squeezes of lemon. bay leaf and juniper. herb ham.
    • Taste
      Due to the alcohol strength, it naturally has a lot of steam. But still (for me) drinkable pure. herbal honey. Burnt pineapple. Again a lot more herbal, earthy and also mineral than in the nose. Then, with water, it becomes a lot more accessible and gentle.
    • Finish
      A bit of salt. lemon juice. Humus on which a campfire burned the day before. burned grass. Dry wood tones.

  5. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting whisky. First of all - a variety of tones, tastes and colors that prevail in each of its stages.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky thick and fatty tones of smoked mackerel, smoked German processed (sausage) cheese,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, thick tones of smoked red berries, oily tones with a hint of soot.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It's just a chimney above a chemical factory, with powdered sugar added to the smoke.

  6. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    just write ‘lemons’ on the label and let’s go home.. water mandatory, needs it like the desert needs the.. yeah!

    not too much smoke.. nor too little fruit.. there is a point from where the nose is bordering on the sublime and one hopes never to need to ever stop inhaling.. taste-wise , i would have liked less sweetness and more depth.. still, you can almost taste the new-make

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    The first thought went in the direction of Laphroaig 10CS.

    A few drops of water should be added. Pure this malt hits the tongue so much that almost all other aromas are covered by the alcohol.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A clear smoky note immediately laughs at me from the sample bottle. After airing the snifter for a while, the smoke is much more in the background, combined with a spicy and slightly resinous note of wood. Much later, a medical note is added, iodine? And sea salt. Light fruits are also there, more with a slightly tropical touch, perhaps apricot, mango and citrus. Also some honey. Cake batter.
      The alcohol is always present, but not stinging.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pure: violent acceleration that bites the tongue immediately. Then smoke, honey, iodine, salt, some fruit compote. Adding water makes it much more pleasant in the mouth. The biting of the tongue disappears, but the sweet fruity notes stand out more clearly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite a long time, mainly astringent, but not bitter. The finish also benefits from a few drops of water, which is where the sweet and fruity elements come into their own.

  9. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  11. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This PC is part of a linne-up of peat-smoke samples I bought to re-explore peated whiskies.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat-smoke explodes from the glass the moment you pour this dram. This requires time, air and water to calm down. Once done, the peat-smoke is milder and the whisky more in balance. For me this increased he score by 2 points. The mentioned peat-smoke is accompanied by vanilla and a great layer of sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet vanilla again. Earthy, spicy, oily, BBQ flavors.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long, well balanced and pleasant till the end.

      Conclusion: Great Port Charlotte on bourbon; although I prefer PC on sherry.

  12. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet smoked barley water, big matiness as well, with that fat and oily smoke scent. Rather grassy, with that sharp vanilla and citrus fruits. Anyhow I feel the nose is rather constraint. Probably some time in the glass can help. More expressive now, more creamy and vanilla, some cinnamon, minty and white pepper.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Not as strong as the abv suggested, quite sweet, kind of bourbon-ish, corn starch, pepper, and faint smokiness (which is a surprise).
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, good weight and finish, with smokiness and sweet licorice, bit of nuttiness and bitterness.

  13. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very good PC, the return of winter makes me happy ... To me the peat galore
    • Nose
      First nose on the bottom of cow ... Then with time it is a more ashy and vegetal peat on the smoked moss of undergrowth.
      Well, whatever happens to me the farm is still there anyway.
    • Taste
      Quite lively, you have to succeed in taming it. We are on a vegetable peat, spicy and very saline.
      There is something maritime (oysters, shellfish) with a few drops of lemon.
    • Finish
      Endless on lemony and saline peat.
      Some tobacco hints (with a classy side)

  14. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smokey bacon lemon and tobacco? Why not? Very ashy finish

  16. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smokey bacon lemon and tobacco? Why not? Very ashy finish

  17. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Has a good balance and takes water well. Notes below are as drinking neat. Water takes the pepper down a notch and allows a fruitier and more oily presence to appear. A good fighting fish, this one. Thoroughly enjoyable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoked bacon, ash, machine oil, lemon zest, iodine, smoked kippers
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salt, lemon zest, smoke, oily, honey
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoked bacon, lemon pepper sauce, oily, salt, wood spice

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, full, firm, balanced. To enjoy!
    • Nose
      Strikingly strong alcohol in the nose. Pretty much peat but also citrus. Grassy / hay. Also coffee, and light tobacco (smoke), pipe tobacco especially.
    • Taste
      Salmiak, liquorice, some pepper, tobacco. Sweet, caramel, honey. Wood fire smoke, spicy.
    • Finish
      Pepper still, wood fire smoke, and spicy. Something sweet, honey-like. Wood tones now. Long aftertaste. Licorice now also continues.

  20. capsola scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

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

  21. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- Bold, lekor, seashell with citrusy lemon. Fishy liquorice like Scott's emulsion fish oil. Interesting smokes honey emerged, comes along fresh baked bread, roasted nuts and warm pancake. Plenty of leafy notes as well, sweet mint and menthol arises overtimes, some antiseptic lurking, as well the fine cardboard notes, which normally quite off putting. Rubber and buttered vanilla and wood at the tail. This is a real treat the the nose.P- Solid and velvet, was expecting a surge of multi-flavours judging from the aroma, which didn't comes thru. Rather soft on palate, lemon zest with thick hazy sweet smokes that speaks loudly with some salts underlay.

    F- Medium. smooth sweet leafy smokes all over the place, with returns of diesel at the back. Not as brutal and heavy as I hoped, but a quality one nonetheless

    — at Home.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  24. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  25. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Medium aged refill matured peated whiskies can be beautiful, if they combine their rawness with sufficient maturation. No vanilla and wood driven whisky, but a spirit driven blockbuster.
    • Nose
      A 15 yo peathead on refill, could be very much to my liking! And yes, it works! It's quite "naked", spirit driven, but the wood has had its time to do the job of taking the roughest edges off. Still quite austere, with sweet lemon drops, boggy peat, seaweed, grass, and almonds. It's all well integrated. 
    • Taste
      The attack has many associations of sweetness, though the alcohol wipes everything away when undiluted. With water, it's much better, what remains is spiciness at the end. The associations I get are honey, malt, again sweet lemon drops, salty peat, wood smoke, almond and quite some pepper. The integration is a bit less successful than on the nose. 
    • Finish
      The finish is long, and pleasantly spicy on pepper, clove and lemongrass. Further, the salty peat is somehow combined with salted almonds, and for the rest there is lemon juice, and cut grass.

  26. cruelmonth scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    peat, smoke, iodine ... later more malt ... later more sweet dough taste is sweet malty ... some earth in the back ... full and free punishment long full finish with some pepper, bitter earth
    very light in color ... sir

  27. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A rather round and sweet peat and iodine dominate, also a little coal. The farmer side of PCs is totally absent. The integration is not great on the nose. Very beautiful texture of the mouth that is sweet too, powerful, the middle shows a smoke of wood fire. Final in a very peppery tingling, always dominated by a fat peat. Dilution is needed to access this dram and get the best. The mouth is clearly superior to the nose for me. Swims very well.

  28. maltsabine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of whiskybase 
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Now I know what the Balrog's piss tastes like and it tastes pretty darn good. 
    • Nose
      Nice and earthy , freshly picked mushrooms , sweet peat, a jar of mussels, a beach fire, foist, germolene antiseptic cream. 
    • Taste
      Again quite earthy, river moss, a dead fire remains i imagine ,TCP, vanilla, Victory V, sea salt and lemon curd. 
    • Finish
      A lovely long smoky and salty finish with more lemon on the death. 

  31. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Lots of burn on this one, even adding much water. I was hoping to find some fruits in this one but can't find much. Austere, but sometimes it's not bad... Let's see what else... Wet stones, some chlorine, slightly salty. Definitely on the more unbalanced side, including its finish, which I find a bit off-putting in that it is chalky, bitter, and actually slightly cardboardy. This was marketed as one of the oldest Port Charlotte bottled, but I find many younger ones much better. At first I gave this one an 87, but the finish got worse the longer it lingers in your mouth. 84 points.

  32. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    gold color, expressive nose, slightly less peaty than 2003 Passionate about Malt, a little less farmer too, but more fruity, lemon, yellow fruit, banana, pineapple, almost exotic, slightly vanilla, very easy. Mouth finally quite sweet for 62%, thick, greedy, not very complex but very effective, with the vanilla side and very fruity nose, slightly sweet, a nice peat iodine. No need for water here, it only gives bitterness. Long finish, fruity, lemony, a hint of licorice, a little salt and pepper. Style completely different from 2003 Passionate about Malt, but well done too.

  33. gerardsmike scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, an old leather a little soggy, banana, spices, it stings !! and on the back cover, heavy peat, well set back on these aromas!
    2nd:
    lemon confit, peat quite wet, spices and back smoke with cocoa.

  35. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Phwoar! What a whisky! The peat was nowhere near mellow on this, it was downright brutal at first and even with the addition of water remains a peat monster of the highest order. The massive ABV here really delivered. I’ve tried several younger Port Charlottes that were more relaxed. With a little water and some time time it did open up beautifully though, letting out some incredibly creamy notes of all kinds as well as lovely wood influence and that beautiful mix of lactic Bruichladdich distillate with the unique style of peat. A really lovely work of complexity.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/11/25/port-charlotte-2001-archives/
    • Nose
      Farmy peat. So much peat. With water it dies down a bit and the true complexity reveals itself. Salty crackers. Butterscotch. Lemon Creme biscuits. Walnuts. Construction paper. Straw. Orange peel. Popcorn. Mineral salt. Carbolic soap.
    • Taste
      Earthy peat. Wet leather. Old socks. Mud. Iodine, more than I usually find in a Port Charlotte. Slight woody funk (not sherry funk, think rotting wood on a damp forest floor). Caramel pudding. Creme Brulee. Ozone. Very peppery and spicy.
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter citrus. Lemon Creme. Vanilla creme. Mint creme. Very creme-y in general. There’s also a lingering note of chilli with some slightly malty notes, like a malted milk almost and very small hint of anise.

  37. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla pudding, peat, minerals, pepper, pineapple, banana, apple and tangerine. With water the pineapple gets stronger.
    • Taste
      Peat, vanilla, pepper, orange and apple.
    • Finish
      Peat, gingerbread, toffee, apple and nutmeg.

  38. rousp scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A frank success in my opinion that likes barrel crudes and peat.
    • Nose
      Peat, peat and peat. A little closed and farmer. Red sugar, brown sugar and tiger balm, not too aggressive despite the 62%.
    • Taste
      Attack very lively, on peat and cold ash, smoked herring, perfectly integrated alcohol. The influence of the bourbon cask is slightly felt and comes to soften the whole. Spices (cardamom, curry) bring depth to the whole.
    • Finish
      Loooooongue as a winter evening, season during which this whisky will be savored by the fire. The veil of smoke seems never to leave. I think I feel it again tomorrow morning when I wake up.

  39. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

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