Port Charlotte 12-year-old - Meteorite

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
sc Scotland
Added on
18 May 2017 8:52 am by Dris

Average value

€ 175.00

34 × in wishlist

106 × member ratings

124 × in collection

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

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.12 points

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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. 


  7. 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

  8. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. 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/

  10. 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.


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