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Overall rating
87.55/100
votes
355
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

€ 250.33

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355 × member ratings

1235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte PC8

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.55 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.

  2. AdamsB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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

  3. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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

  7. wisekycourse 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.

  8. 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 

  9. capsola scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

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

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 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

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