Port Charlotte 12-year-old - Meteorite

Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB96370
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
RALFY.COM
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
0941
Number of bottles
233
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
Scotland Scotland
Added on
18 may 2017 8:52 am by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 175.00

33 × in wishlist

107 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 12-year-old - Meteorite

28 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.10 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I tasted the first half of this sample more than 3 years ago and I liked it a lot.
    Still not an easy dram but I like it even more now.

    An hyperactive cask. The nose is still huge and even more on underwoods after a few years of aeration. Last time the palate was a bit crushed by the cask, it's still dry now but more complex and it swims nicely.
    • Nose
      Still the same heavily sherried peaty nose. Leather, tobacco, underwoods with damp earth and mushroom, grilled meat, aromatic herbs, light sulphury notes (well, for me it's light anyway), dark fruits (blackberries), dried fruits (prune, raisins) and coastal notes.
    • Taste
      Rich and thick. Dry sherry, almonds, balsamic, grilled meat in barbecue sauce, pepper, brine, leather and chiselled peat.
      With a few drops of water. Farmy and tarry notes on the nose. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, a few spices and earthy notes on the palate. Still drying.
    • Finish
      Long, earthy, tarry, peppery.

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  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      tea.. black tea without end.. fermented, sour Ceylon.. supremely elegant balancing act between burning and burnt.. needs time to unfurl its black wings of spirit-fire and ash.. bright citrus flowers after awhile
    • Taste
      90 90
      smoked ham & cranberry chutney.. probably some other stuff in there as well, but my sample is too small and i’m too flabbergasted by what i just smelled.. very bright, spicy oak and a wine-like quality
    • Finish
      89 89
      more smoked meats

  4. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Difficult dram. Exciting and expressive, but somehow it doesn't convince me with all its brutality. Lots of water is good. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/07/29/alle-port-charlotte-teil-1/

  5. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, it doesn't meet my personal taste.
    The sherry completely covers the Port Charlotte character and is therefore interchangeable. I can understand that some Maltheads taste fantastic, but balance is different.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thick sherry, dirty peat, tar, gasoline, the integration may not be perfect here but certainly enjoyable. Molasses and huge tobacco on the palate, nice selection Ralfy!

  10. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Ostfriese scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hui a very exciting, multi-layered thing.
    • Nose
      It starts with grill fire smoke, sweet and vanilla. Then the nose changes to dark fruits like prunes and raisins, followed by spruce needles and forest honey. In the background there is always a hint of oak. The nose is really very complex!
    • Taste
      First, there is the mighty smoke from which gradually chocolate flavors, nut oil, as well as nutmeg, cloves and other spices in the foreground. Again, a slight oak note resonates.
    • Finish
      Smoke and cool ashes remain for a long time, accompanied by dried herbs and oak.

  12. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Hallelujah! What was that? This Port Charlotte makes me very frisky! Pleasant smoke and ash aromas, burned wood, grilled and greasy streaky bacon, sweet and dark fruit flavors, caramel, leather ... madness! While I had this complex and voluminous malt in the glass, it started to snow more and more. It is in the meantime dull, uncomfortable and nasty outside, but this malt warms my heart and me from the inside! A really great taste experience! I will now take the rest of the sample and watch the snowflakes on their journey. Snowfall in Stuttgart, the buttocks in the warm and a hot malt in the glass ... Wonderful, I'm just looking forward to a Christmas at Christmas!
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring the sample, heavy and oily peat and smoke marks flow out of the glass. From the streaks adhering to the glass wall dissolves a variety of small and thick drops and these stick now oily and greasy on the glass wall. Dark voluminous peat rises, dark fruit flavors and salty sea water give the PC a powerful strong maritime flavor. In the makeshift excavated hearth smolder angekokelte logs, from the lying on the grill grate thick slice of bacon dripping fat and oil hissing in the ash lying on the floor. Saline beats the surf to the pier. The combination of heavy smoke, burned wood, grilled bacon and fly ash is impressive. Dark and dried berries exude a dark leather note, while sweet tobacco and dark caramel are powerful. Oily and heavy, the malt is in the glass and in the air, in the background eucalyptus or mint exudes its fresh aroma. The dreamlike nose invites me to the first sip ...
    • Taste
      Cold smoke and burned wood dominate the first sip. Earthy and dark peat mixes powerfully with dark and charred wood tones, wet leather and ash mix to a tart and spicy note. A pleasant sharpness in the form of spicy wood in combination with white pepper is distributed between the lips and on the palate. The grilled, almost burnt belly of bacon in combination with sweet fruit and dark caramel massively stimulates my saliva. Extremely spicy wood makes the smoldering embers sparkle again to a smoking campfire. I am almost overwhelmed by the heaviness and complexity at the moment, I would not have expected such a strength and flavor cargo now.
    • Finish
      With the smoke flavors and the greasy sweetness of the bacon, the taste goes almost seamlessly into the aftertaste. Smoky aromas, greasy bacon and burnt wood in the mouth, intense leather and tobacco aromas are also very dominant all the time. Greasy and heavy, the flavors never seem to want to fade away, powerful and almost endless, the aftertaste emits its smoky and peaty aroma. Gorgeous!

  13. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    We find the typical markers of good Port Charlotte, the nose is not too farmy, on wet wood, coal. The texture is very pleasant, oily, on a peat fat, iodized and salty. A dram that makes traveling. Salt persists in the long finish on bitter plants. Very good.

  14. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm Nose 4/5 Mouth and finish 3/5 Whisky n ° 1612
    • Nose
      Oily peat, sherry, ashes. I wrote "fat waxing" - it does not mean anything, but hey, the mental pictures, it's okay, it's coming. Saddle of horse, old cellar. A little rancid. From the nuts.
    • Taste
      In the genre "Ledaig dirty" #pleonasme
      Muscular peat, roundness, spices, raisins. Obtrusive.
    • Finish
      Impressive. Coffee. Long and salty.

  15. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex and grotesque PC. It's not recommended for the beginners. :)
    • Nose
      Big sherry and peat. Wood smoke, earth, engine oil, antique leather, metals, camphor. Forest fruits.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Big sherry, sweet fruits, camphor, cocoa and ash. Touch of salt and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, spicy, ashy.

  16. Classic scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My tip: Sherry finish about 12 - 14yo. 52%. I can not say if it's from Islay, but I like it. Still, the smoke comes up a little at intervals.
    Blindtasting
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, Sherrynoten, old leather, old cloth with engine oil, a little maritime flavors. Those are the first impressions, I find that very interesting. After a while, something earthy comes along.
    • Taste
      nice oily mouthfeel, immediately the smoke comes but also the maritime finds itself again. In addition sweet dark fruits, smoked bacon and pleasant tannins, becomes drier
    • Finish
      the sweetness disappears completely, it becomes bitter bitter, but remains pleasant, the smoke wafts for a long time

  17. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Gregoor scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Thick oil, campfire with wet wood, bacon-smoke, earthy, wet log cabin with moss all over, dark berries from the forrest, nearby the seaWhat a thick and rich whisky. Slap in the face. Gorgeous!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  19. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    the ralfy.com 'Meteorite' Port Charlotte single cask malt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHYH08t0ikU

  24. helmutgw scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: will be round and good
    10.06.2017 87
    • Nose
      F: Sherry, medium brown, greenish tint
      N: smoke - sweet sherry - low alcohol
    • Taste
      G: bacon - ham - smoke - sweet, slightly dull in the mouth, medium body
    • Finish
      A: long, so

  25. cfosterk scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    part whisky part sherry. one of those instances when (for me) the sherry cask has overwhelmed the spirit. The quality is fighting to assert itself and there its just a constant battle. Balance isnt right and peat and overt sherry (which this is) doesnt work for my taste. Just saying....

    Pricing point for a 12 year old from someone who bangs on at corporate greed is interesting as is the justification on the vlog.i baulked at buying the bottle at £120 but the sample i got was a relief i hadnt forked out my well earned dosh...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Full on sherry and peat galore from the get go. The oloroso profile is very clean and matches perfectly with the creosote and soot notes of the heavily peated port charlotte spirit. The combination of these two extremes brings out almost chemical aromas of black shoe polish, bitumen and burnt electricity cables. Despite the super heavy sherry coating it somehow manages to stay fresh and vibrant, when you swirl it around the glas. The distillate still sparkles. A drop of water will open it up, and pronounce the peatyness while dialing down the sherry a notch.

    Mouth: Mixed berries, most prominent black currants and blueberries, salty peat smoke, tar, cola cubes, creamy balsamico and old leather. Not too sweet. The vibrancy of the nose mirrors the palate. Fresh, zesty and oily. Almost perfect mouthfeel. The finish is very long and reminds me of cigar smoke and wild honey.

    Comments: Ralfy was lucky to have bought this particular cask. A real gem. This bottle was worth every cent and it’s one of the best heavily sherried Islay malts I have tasted so far. Outstanding. 

    https://justadram.org/ralfys-port-charlotte-12y-o-meteorite/

  27. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    How could it be otherwise, the Ralfy whisky likes water! Overall, he is a bit oversherried to me, if it were not the hefty Port Charlotte whisky, it would probably have really completely killed the character. Because of the improvement in the mouth with water, there is again a dot more.
    • Nose
      Immediately a lot of sherry and strong smoke on the nose. With some life a rich and full sherry bouquet appears, which nevertheless looks fresh. Although the barrel is very dominant, it does not quite kill the distillery character. Above all, heat brings up a lot of dark fruits and a powerful acidity that blends nicely with the smoke. Would make a nice Christmas paint.
      Since this is a Ralfy Bottling, there is exceptionally also some water. However, the nose flattens significantly. However, the sherry is pushed back and with a bit of imagination grilled meat on, a little mint.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, unfortunately, he is initially sharp, what a pity. Very sweet, dark honey, some acidity, barrel acid, not fruity, dries backwards and becomes slightly bitter.

      Unlike the nose, he is a good swimmer in the mouth, how could it be otherwise, he acts a little more fruity and gets a bit more bitter behind.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately, he is also quickly gone, actually almost immediately after he has stopped burning and reheating. It remains a sweet ashiness on the tongue, this also a little longer.
      Water does not change the finish in principle, but it is much longer.

  28. nhuber scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    lots of excitement to try...BUT doesnt work at all as the whisky gets killed by the sherry influence, nice peat, but the underlying structure doesnt really fit, have had much better, especially considering the not so cheap price

  29. riesenwattwurm scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sorry, Angus, this one is completely dominated by the sherry cask. Even though it is only 12 years old, it is overaged for my taste. The sherry aromas aren't fresh at all, there might even be sulphury notes that kill the freshness of the spirit. Not every sherry cask works well with Port Charlotte.

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