Port Charlotte PC8

Overall rating
87.57/100
votes
415
Whiskybase ID
WB9854
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ar Dùthchas
Vintage
18.07.2001
Bottled
07.2009
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
30000
Strength
60.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
09/178
Barcode
618105912700
Added on
11 aug 2009 8:44 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 211.95

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Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte PC8

44 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.57 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I had another dram during a Jim McEwan tasting in Bonn...

    ...and this is the typical modern designed whisky that just goes for one dimension: peat. Simple and very predictable, but whoever loves this style - enjoy! I enjoy such a dram from time to time too but not more than one per week, usually...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers the typical spiked profile of a modern "designed" whisky that goes mainly for the peaty aromas (compare this in a head-to-head to the Traditional Scotch profile of e.g. Lagavulin 08-years old where the peat is perfectly balanced with sweet and malty flavours). No, it is not bad - it is just too ... predictable.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is comparable to the nose: bitter-peaty driven with all other flavours hiding in the background. Like Jim stated "we wanted to prove that Bruichladdich can produce a real Islay malt too: heavily peated!" This is okay, but it is what it is: designed stuff...
    • Finish
      85 85
      The dram arrives bold and quite hot in the mouth with a nice coating effect and a minor drying feeling. The finish is long and guess what? It is peat-dominated but the sweet barley sugars dare to grow a little stronger here what is better. Towards the end it gets drying again (cold ashes) like so many heavily peated whiskies. Water turns the dram sweeter and more approachable but it increases the bitter-astringent mouthfeel too, unfortunately.

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  3. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Juicy eight, old-school profile, excellent balance.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/09/18/have-i-got-news-four-you-revisiting-bruichladdichs-peat-monsters/

    This is the only bottle of today’s four that I have previously reviewed on these pages [WLP87]. Let’s see how I find it five years on.

    N: There’s an easiness/familiarity to this ingredients-faithful presentation with its bourbon-y sweetness, light-farmy yet oily grain legacy, and [clean] oniony light mezcal plimsole and liquorice [tea] > ‘dunked’ Nice biscuit note.

    T&F: With some [water-manageable] bourbon gackiness on the palate, we’ve a [woody herbal lemondade-y]~bitter-sweet to a decidedly lemony sour situation. There’s a woolly touch which doesn’t detract from the elongated encapsulating pepperminty fresh gingery sour lemon viscosity on the finish with a medicinal sour conclusion.

    C: A thoroughly excellent spirit-faithful whisky if not exactly a comfort blanket dram overall. These are our future – glass-aged – classics. Scores 89 points [going on 92 in 2045?]

  6. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. herdertje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      It’s like smelling the Universe a few seconds after the Big Bang. An explosion of salt with oyster liquor, vanilla and phenolic smoke.
    • Taste
      Black peppers, honey and smoke. It gets sweeter and fruitier with barley notes when diluted.
    • Finish
      Llingering ash notes.

  8. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Without words, a great dram!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat smoke, mint, thyme, pine cone, light in the background oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full, rich and smoky notes, vanilla, salty, notes of dates and bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The aftertaste is long and pleasant, salty, peat smoke.

  10. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    2312'88 - a bright ringing juicy smoke box, I would like a little more layers, except for burnt matches

  11. AdamsB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My first peated whisky. Very Balaced from begining to end. Peaty (40 ppm), smokey, heavy in mid-palate and swallow. Hints of citrus, and coffee-buttery thickness with a pronounced sweetness make you want more. High % makes your whole mouth tingle after drinking.
    • Nose
      Fruity, smoky, plums, caramel, apricots, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, light salt
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke, citrus, caramel, apricots, toffee, honey, salt, oak
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, licorice, caramel, vanilla, pepper, tobacco

  12. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. dram_on scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Note: tasted side-by-side with Laphroaig An Cuan Mor (after that pour), let this pour sit for 20 minutes before nosing and tasting
    Score: 85
    Rationale: see below
    Comment: slightly below expectations but still have plenty of time to play with this one, will let it breath and add water next time
    Update: original comment Oct 12, it's Feb 24 now, had two drams last night and there was an amazing burnt ham smell that wasn't there before, increasing my nose score from 84 to 87
    • Nose
      86 86
      Burnt dark chocolate, light maritime whiffs, rotten pears, burning grain, honey nuts, something meaty
    • Taste
      87 87
      Hay ashes, salty bread, white fish, sour drops
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fairly long, very maritime, burnt fish on embers

  16. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    islay more raw, a little too much!
    • Nose
      peat, oily, sticky, a little meat meat or dried fish is to see, lemon, vanilla, it is as well spicy, well peppered,
      return of cold ashes and hay.

  17. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow. Nice nose. Beats PC 12 by a big length despite the younger she which is quite surprising but we take it and really obvious...in the mouth even more fabulous... Incredible. Handles water very well. Very good. No further questions... Forget what you ever had 

  18. capsola scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/bottle-polishing-scottish-islands/

    N: Formidable yet rather inviting. Even after months and months after opening, its welcoming nature remains. It’s big with an allium floral yeastiness and a smoky-spirit oiliness.
    T: There’s nothing out of form here but it’s simply not gelling for me, neat or otherwise, There’s a collision of flavours which i find somewhat grating. Given my love for PC6, as much as I embrace this PC8, the sweet/sour barley/TCP profile just isn’t cutting it. It develops with an almost fatty mouthfeel but turns dry and resinous. [It goes back on the shelf for quite a while].Months later: The cloying muddle has lifted. Oily yet spirity but with a thick slick body, it’s now executing well. I like the sweet nature that lies within the allium savoury. My grumble is it doesnt have the complex variations like say the PC6, which i can’t help comparing it against. Then again, there’s something of Clairins here. What is that herb? It’s strong and particular but i can’t quite get it. Overall it’s very cohesive.

    F: Finishes just fine as a chocolatey barley spirt with a sweet-cereal herbal finish and a little TCP. 8 months later there’s much less chocolate. Now it’s way more dry and malty with a little straw like cocoa powder. Pretty good ending actually, medium length.
    C: Not the most spectacular ‘PC’ but still a very decent whisky and there’s no denying its calibre. However it just doesn’t hit the mark as far as flavours go, especially on the palate. Rather down to personal preference this one.Scores a B

  20. Gere scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat smoke associated with spicy pepper.
      Sweet vanilla notes accompanied by a malty taste
    • Taste
      First creamy and slightly oily. Then comes out the peat and the spicy peppery.
      Very intense and rich.
    • Finish
      very long, beautiful peat - tobacco note
      Oak and malting nuts are added, maybe even a breeze of salt. very beautiful

  21. chlinatele scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky but in the price already very high
    • Nose
      Very nice slightly smoky nose. Fruity, oak, vanilla, alcohol also gets through
    • Taste
      Wood, vanilla, orange, sulfur or gum, alcohol penetrates through, spicy
    • Finish
      Long warming pleasant

  22. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2010]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state it needs a fair share of water to open up.

  23. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Laga93 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  25. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    The nose is a little less peat with notes of baked ham. The palate is basically the same but more mouth filling, as if the liquid has fattened up.

    Finish is still long and fizzy.

    This is really good and for 60% abv very smooth with no burn.
    • Nose
       (Sample)

      Definite notes of tar fumes, salty brine, petrol , lockets cough sweets.
    • Taste
      Strong attack of peat grabs your tongue and you think it is going to be quite rough but it is actually very smooth and refined after the initial peat hit.

      It is actually very sweet on honey and menthol liquer mixed in with some fruit, perhaps cherry
    • Finish
      Long, sweet with a slight gingery fizz at the end.

  28. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. markkerr02 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2096%20Jim%20McEwan.html Test 096: Bruicladdich with Jim McEwan - 091204
    The whisky tested: Glass 1 Bruichladdich 2001 Resurrection, 46%, 557 kr 10 points
    Glass 2 Bruichladdich Organic 5YO / 2003, 46%, 589 kr 13 points
    Glass 3 Bruichladdich X4 + 3, 63.5%, 757 kr 29 points
    Glass 4 Bruichladdich PX 1992, 46%, 749 kr 109 points
    Glass 5 Cameronbridge Grain 1974, 48.3%, Celtic Heartlands, 1400 kr 67 points
    Glass 6 Port Charlotte PC8, 60.5%, 989 kr 99 points
    Glass 7 Octomore II, 140 ppm, 62.5%, 1289 kr 21 points
    Glass 8 Bruichladdich Peat, 46% (Highland Toast), 447 kr 9 points Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Apparently, I was so fascinated by Jim that I forgot listing and score on a pair of whiskys. Port Charlotte PC8
    Color: Gold
    Scent: Smoky, peat tones
    Taste: Medium filling - full, vanilla, smoky, turfy
    Aftertaste: Long with dried beef, vanilla tones, sweet corn, oily. Good aftertaste with chocolate that becomes clear towards the end.
    Score: 88

  32. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: Very peaty, lots of grilled bread and seaweeds,
    intense, powerful and on iodine.
    Taste: Dry to very dry, smoky, maritime, with lots of
    seaweeds, some vanilla and liquorice. The finish is long, rich, peaty, maritime,
    on seaweeds, chocolate and toffee. Diluted, it becomes creamier and more on
    toffee.
    General Impression: This is the last bottling of the Port
    Charlotte distilled in 2001, and thus this is the end of the PC5-8 serie. The
    PC8 is very nice, peaty, complex and it has matured very well. With the PC5, it
    is to my opinion the best of the original PC serie. Hopefully, the following
    vintages will be at the same level or better than the 2001 distillation.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting13.html#11dec09

     

     

  33. whiskyroma scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. Rom scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Powerful peat and iodine nose, ashes, smoke, with a very pleasant side barn very pleasant, cardamom but unfortunately a little vegetal green side. The very large attack sends a powerful spurt of peat, medicinal plants, liquorice, salty and iodized enough. The texture is oily, the 60.5 ° very well integrated: does not even want a dilution. After a long time notes of ash and smoke assert themselves. Very long finish on licorice, oak, pepper and salt, after a long opening of the smoke and the farmyard. Good.

  35. hfos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  37. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, apricot, brine, oil, vanilla, apple, gunpowder and a herbal medicinal touch.
    • Taste
      Peat, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, lime, caramel, sea salt and earth.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, caramel and lime.

  38. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    a whisky that I loved and that I will regret!
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, some baked and meaty hints, hazelnuts, and marine touches
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it's oily, peaty, smoky, sweet
    • Finish
      very long, peaty and smoky

  39. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lacquer peat, used, the smell of a campfire. This is another sweet layer, which is honey vanilla. Wet straw. (86 b)
    • Taste
      Peat, lava, excellent smoke. With water sweetened, into the fruit. Comprehensive, not full of whisky with long aftertaste. (92 b)

  40. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great Islay expression!

  41. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is the last of the 2001 vintage of "age-numbered" Port Charlotte expressions. This comes with the nickname "Ar duthcas" - Gaelic for "Land of our heritage". This is very well-peated to 40ppm. Matured in American Oak and bottled at cask strength. There are six different tin designs and the release is limited to 30,000 numbered bottles.

  42. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft aromas of vanilla, molasses, pepper with hints of flowers, toffee and syrup. In the background maritime flavors of sea salt, shells and menthol.
    • Taste
      Elegant and refined taste of vanilla, cheese, melted butter and salty, earthy notes of soft peat. Creamy character with the background burnt oak and citrus
    • Finish
      A very long and warming finish of peat, nutmeg and earth aromas.

  43. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Has the name of "An Ataireachd Ard" inherited that Gaelic for "the surge of the sea", a name that already glimpse give away regarding the flavors and aromas that you can expect. With a limited edition of only 6,000 numbered bottles is a Whisky that is very popular with collectors.

  44. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: vanilla, mint, sweet, thyme, olive oil and of course lot`s of smoke
    T: smoke, bitter chocolate, syrup, briny and plastic on the palate
    F: long - peat, smoke and ending floral
    compared with Port Charlotte PC9

  45. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      95 95

  46. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat and smoke. Amplified clean cucumber and hints of dill. Toffee. Cola. Citrus zest. Hint of chocolate.
    • Taste
      Fruitier delivery. Peaty. Spicy.
    • Finish
      Smoky and woody. Fruitier finish lingers. Green apple.

  47. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose was good, but on the palate, this is a
    winner.
    • Nose
      While peat is obviously present, your nose will first
      have to deal with a panoply of other aromas: olive oil, candlewax, walnuts,
      mud, flints. The fruit is hiding. Young apples and lime. With water, I get
      chalk and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Despite the very high ABV, it can be drunk neat. Hot,
      though. First you are clipped around the ears with ash and tar, but this is
      immediately followed by a wonderful sweetness in the form of vanilla, coconut
      and mint. Very spicy with ginger and white pepper. Water blots out a thing or
      two, but it remains sweet.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on ginger and peat.

  48. Willie JJ scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Worth buying for the finish. Very enjoyable stuff.
    • Nose
      Perhaps the eldest but definitely the most youthful smelling of the
      drams so far tonight. Plenty of life and calomine and sticking plasters,
      but still a bit feinty.
    • Taste
      Great weight of peat and loads of power. Not the most complex dram though.
    • Finish
      It all gets very interesting here. The finish is excellent with waves of peat, barley and citrus coursing across the palate.

  49. hsmithjr scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Looking forward for the 9!
    • Nose
      Burnt camp fire embers.  Peat smoke!  Spicy.  Some wet cardboard.
    • Taste
      Hot and spicy.  Peat, peat, peat.  Buttered bread.  Some bakers chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, smoky and spicy.  Hints of oak.

  50. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A crispy one, a fat smoke with a sweet background, brings out the smoke from you`re ears. A bit sherry notes with hot smoke and a spicy peaty long finish.

  51. magic_slim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I love it.
    • Nose
      Alcoholic and slightly closed, as it is frequently observed when the alcohol content is such high. Enjoying the freedom to breathe in my glass it releases more flavors - oak, moss, liquorice and cooked lentils. This shall be a peat monster - but where's the peat ??? Finally a decent whiff of mild and delicate peat reaches my nostrils.
    • Taste
      Bold and rich with plenty of peat, smoked tea and medicinal notes. There must have been some sherry casks included as well because I definitely taste some sherry. Oily, chewy liquorice and cough syrup. Totally pleasant.
    • Finish
      Very long and satisfying on mossy, peaty notes.

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