Port Charlotte 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Fresh Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
60.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Passionnés du Malt and Friends
Added on
19 Oct 2016 7:08 pm by Volanne
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.00

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44 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2003

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.14 points

  1. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    To be quite honest, I’ll
    write this after my 3rd tasting of this PC. Reasons ? Plenty, the biggest being
    not having had (taken) the time yet to combine tasting and writing.

    Colour : seasoned white wine

    Nose : Oily peat, then medicinal and
    coastal notes as well as .. apple cider. Anybody ever played a veteran’s
    football match in Wintertime on a peaty turf ? Quite a few players rubbing
    (themselves!) some Camphor ointment in. At half time, you’re eating a smoked haring with
    lemon juice and … drinking cider. (Happily) Never seen or smelled this
    combination, but that’s how it would probably be. With water : Citrus and
    camphor mixed with cider-drenched peat. Citrus on the stronger side now, and
    some malty notes as well. Coastal notes less present (should I maybe have added
    seawater instead ?)

    Mouth :  Same departments. Oily peat, then the alcohol
    sets in before going into camphor, citrus, charcoal, cider (again), spices.
    Wait ! The haring has gone missing ! Maybe hidden behind some more mineral
    notes jumping in now. Nicely long and warming. With water : Same store,
    different arrangement. I first get the charcoal and the peat. Some mineral,
    some malt, and then the fruits and camphor say hello again. Whilst I still get a
    salty side, my haring has really left me. Farewell to him. Some cider and nuts
    in the end going on forever (or nearly).

    Conclusion : Wow ! Great one, this ! A whooole
    lot going on in my nose, my mouth and my brain (that’s the rare part), and
    nothing wrong within. Power, oily side, different notes, balance, length : everything
    there for a piece of peaty whisky heaven.

    P.S. “Chosen
    at random during Feis Ile 2008” … you guys must be kidding me? If that’s chosen
    at random, either I need to buy any PC 2003 coming out onto the market, or you
    should be investing heavily into EuroMillions, you lucky bastards !  
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  3. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good. The water gives him a nice balance.
    • Nose
      Peat quite fat and a nice dose of leather.
      Candied lemon, eucalyptus, licorice.
      Black pepper, very light salted bacon.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's pretty powerful.
      Pencil mine, peat fat, smoke.
      Lemon again. A little bit of wood and vanilla.
      Swims very well.
    • Finish
      Long and hot finish on peat, lemon and vanilla.

  6. berarith73 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. capsola scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

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

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A real success! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1411
    • Nose
      Large volume of play: well peated, ripe and generous fruits that are fresh and delicate thereafter. Slightly peppered and caramelized. Some subtle vegetable (hay?) And floral notes. With water, dry malt and a slightly chewy note (but not annoying)
    • Taste
      Spices in strength, but very balanced! Creamy texture (especially when swallowing). More fruity with each sip. With water, the cereal is in the spotlight and reminds us that it is Bruichladdich that produces. Milk chocolate too.
    • Finish
      Peppery, spicy, rather round, very long, imposing and balanced.
      With water, the peat is a little more marked.

  9. helmutgw scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: gets rounder, sweeter - a bit more smoke 13.03.2017 81
    • Nose
      F: light gold Alcohol, sweet, cowshed - unusual in the interesting way
    • Taste
      Alcohol, sweet, indefinable fruit and spice, a little smoke, light body
    • Finish
      long, alcoholic, becomes very bitter

  10. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    gold color, discreet nose at first but the sample comes from a bottle recently started, it's much better with a little water and after a few minutes, we find the peat farm Port Charlotte, the salty side, seaweed, smoked herring of Islay but also a lot of licorice, medicinal plants, a little clove, in the bottom of lemon and vanilla. Mouth powerful, even a little aggressive without water, but it swims very well, it is first quite austere, mineral, dry, chiseled, with licorice and medicinal plants, then a little thicker, fruity and vanilla with the water. Very long finish, mineral, iodized, ashy. A Port Charlotte at first young, fiery, a little brutal, which is difficult to tame (original for a PC?) And then more and more complex and interesting if you give him time. Well chosen enthusiasts!


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