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Overall rating
88.91/100
votes
101
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Fortified Wine Hogshead - Amarone Cask
Casknumber
3366
Number of bottles
375
Strength
63.8 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottled for
Selected and bottled for LaddieSnugPorz
Added on
17 Aug 2017 1:38 pm by Whiskyhaus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 78,90

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 2008 BW

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. dfriel scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Maybe I'm embarrassed, because the barrel was bottled for me - I'm very satisfied. The first and only Port Charlotte from an Amarone barrel.
    • Nose
      If you approach the glass carefully, you have marzipan in the nose, with raisins and frosting. Then maraschino cherries and vinous, slightly tart notes come. If you put your nose too deep into the glass, push the over 63% volume percent vigorously into the frontal sinus, but not pungent alcoholic, more like peppermint. In the background, a little bit hidden, lurks the smoke. Sweet, like a cold-smoked ham with a hint of salt and cumin. And the peat also left some earthy aroma, like an old cellar. Gorgeous! With water : The earthy and wine notes come more to the fore. Nice interplay between dark, sweet flavors and slightly tart, spicy tobacco notes.
    • Taste
      Buttery, oily, the malt flows into the mouth and clothes the entire palate with lightning speed. Strong and malty sweet it tastes and then comes the smoke! A very typical young and bear strong PC, similar to the PC5 to PC7 bottlings from the first, powerful series. In addition to the smoky, malty sweetness, I find tobacco and Sanbitter. The wine barrel is less to find in the taste, as in the nose, but this does not bother, because the fireworks that the PC delivers here is all first cream and must / must not be covered by a dominant barrel. Amazingly well integrated is the alcohol - the cask strength drinks wonderfully. With water : Overall sweeter and still strong - a great "swimmer". You can play with water here.
    • Finish
      Warming the PC leaves the palate and neck. The smoke goes into the cold-ashy, the sweetness slowly gives way from the mouth and the bitter notes (Sanbitter) are preserved for a long time. In the end, the earthy tones come back and also something maritime. With water : I feel the conclusion with some water even longer - great!

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Amarone? Why Amarone at all? The label speaks of 'Fortified Wine', so (spread) Likörwein and leaves it, especially with this color, rather close to a sherry or Portweinlagerung than on a dry Italian red wine. The heavy AMARONE, the name itself is derived due to its typical flavor profile of the Italian word for 'bitter', is indeed expanded like a sweet wine and can have a similar high alcohol content such as a sherry, but reaches the revolutions just without the typical Aufspritten with brandy. The label is simply wrong. The background of this formal lapse is a mistake made by the distillery, which simply stated 'Fortified Wine' when it originally transmitted the data. Anyway, the taste does not affect this venial sin, of course, it's more of a bizarre edge anecdote for tasting evenings.
    Eye / nose Maroon. Oily, with a slight sting in red, the amaron-malted malt flows almost essence into the tasting glass and spreads out there. Long, beautiful spider legs form on the Glencairn, large bubbles frame the breathing malt like a necklace. It unfolds after a short time an intense, smoky-sweet smell on the table. An ideal companion for wet cold autumn evenings, indicates the nose.
    palate Glowing! I must inevitably think of Horst Lüning's almost legendary first Youtube video for Lagavulin 16, even though I do not have a cardboard box here whose praise I can praise. But the powerful glow in the mouth, in contrast to the sharp burning of some less successful malts, I can just perfectly sympathize. After the first sip, a fine melt is added. The mouthfeel becomes more charming and the malt with a little bit of saliva becomes noticeably creamier. At first I can not taste the bitterness attributed to the Amarone, quite close to a classic, berry-sweet sherry storage. The nice thing about it: our test person here is quite young, but not a bit closed. Not nailed down, but absolutely present. With the ubiquitous smoke influences and the spicy tobacco a great combination that invites for comparison. But with what? Of course, the question arises as to how the Amarone in comparison to the previous Valinches of the Cask Exploration series is to classify, because the barrel could also have just as well enthroned in the Laddie Shop. For my taste, the barrels 01 (Sauternes), 03 (Sherry HHD) and 06 (Grenache Blanc) are among the 17 Cask Explorarions to date. I consciously leave out the seòlaid. But also Bruthaich Dubh and Cuan-Àrd are very heavy calibers who knew how to defend their exposed position over time against new challengers. In direct comparison with these two heavyweights, the Amarone is just about to lose out. The Cuan-Ard outshines him a little with his sheer power, which inspires me again and again, and the Bruthaich Dubh shines once more with its very special, unusual smoky notes and the complexity mediated by it. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of that, a real pleasure to taste the three malts together. The gap to the Topmalts of the Cask Exploration series is very small, which in my opinion is a great compliment for the young Amarone.
    Finish / Conclusion Drying ends the fruity-smoky pleasure. Chalk and lime, pleasantly delicate for a smoker. Naturally very long-lasting and just as well structured. Should he have matured even further, since 10 years of storage had already been paid anyway? I mean no. Some of the more recently offered Laddie and PC Valinches are only a few years older and have, in part, despite the generally good quality, oak influences, which I feel more annoying than enriching. At 8 years old, this one is largely flawless, even though its downside is perhaps a bit lacking in complexity. But that is criticism at a high level.

  3. Hemdl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Who has struck here, will definitely not regret. If yes - please contact us! A really nice Port Charlotte, who is definitely more than worth his money. A beautiful barrel, which despite the youth through the strong, but not exuberant influence of the Amarone barrel has much to offer.
    • Nose
      A mountain full of cherries and some other red fruit piles up in front of a rich peat fire. Sweet, fruity smoke flows out of the glass, which immediately stimulates the flow of saliva. Some tobacco, a few spicy notes - but mostly incredibly sweet smoke. It is so dense and interwoven that you can really cut it. The alcohol is noticeable, but not disturbing.
    • Taste
      Powerful start, that brings his horsepower directly on the tongue. There you can certainly play with water, which I renounce now. After the first impact, the smoke spreads directly with all its facets. A minimal alcoholic note, I think, with such a strong and young Port Charlotte not necessarily surprising and absolutely to get over. The smoke here now mixed with a kind of sweet grape must, strong and sweet-fruity at the same time. Not even as "vinous", as one might expect, which is definitely recommended for lovers of normal sherry ripening.
    • Finish
      Medium long, strong. The warms to the tiptoe, ideal for the coming months. The sweetness of the barrel disappears here after a short moment, it is spicy and dry-smoky. At the end, a slightly dry mouth full of spicy smoke remains. Delicious!

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Terrific! I am totally surprised. At first I was not very interested. But my goodness, that's great! By far the best thing I've come under smoky whisky so far under the nose. 92 points (probably a point is a kind of surprise point because I am so amazed)!
    • Nose
      Smoke, yes. That can not be denied. But at the same time a great cheesy sweetness. Significantly vinous aromas join it. Something spicy, almost Herbes comes through. It is pleasantly cool overall, but nothing stands out. The alcohol pushes the aromas intensively forward, but does not bother in any way. The smoke is aromatic and sweet. Grapefruit is very noticeable. This bitter-sour and fresh fruitiness. That together with the sweet and vile smoke .. just great! Some time lures nuts into the nose. With the sweetness you could almost think of fried almonds! Water: Now the nose is getting softer. Fruitiness, sweetness and cheese are getting stronger. The smoke comes back. Raspberries are now available.
    • Taste
      Sweet first, very sweet. Nuts and grapefruit come at once, but not really sour. Rather juicy and at the same time a bit bitter-sweet. The smoke can not wait, but displaces nothing. The alcohol makes for a pleasant tingle. The Nachschmecken is sweet, bitter and smoky at the same time. Bitter not in the sense of woody, but of grapefruit or hoppy bitterness. Water: Somewhat easier it is in the mouth, but it stays quite similar. In the Nachschmecken the smoke becomes clearer.
    • Finish
      Very long and warm. Sweet and a bit kräutrig. The smoke comes through towards the end more clearly and remains with the sweetness.

  5. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      A bulging fruit basket, peppered with many different red fruits, devotes reverently in the immediate vicinity of a blazing bonfire on the beach. The first nose surprises with a fascinating, sweet smokiness and a cooling freshness (63.8% alcohol content!). Fresh cherries, raspberries and redcurrants give the Port Charlotte an intense fruitiness. The smoke (campfire & smoked ham) is strong, but not too dominant. The central balance of sweet fruitiness (light vinousness of the red wine barrel) and smoke is always present and allows the malt to have an exceptionally good balance and harmony. In the background I already discover spicy hints, dried tobacco leaves and a maritime impact (salt and lime).
    • Taste
      Very oily, with almost buttery texture, the Port Charlotte floods my mouth with a brute intensity. On my tongue tip sets in a strong tingling. In the meantime, countless of my taste buds are confronted with sweet and fruity smoke. In the front area, especially on the cheeks and tongue, an intense sweetness spreads before the camp fire smoke spreads with smoked aromas like a mighty veil. The sophisticated cask strength is good to very good drinkable for my taste. For the time being I therefore refrain from adding water. Spicy oak notes, tobacco leaves and again maritime notes (salt and lime) sparkle in the background. It already creates a dry mouth feeling.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, powerful and warming. The sweet and fruity aromas fade quickly and are replaced by spicy-smoky notes. The once strong campfire smoke gradually turns into ashy smoke and leaves a noticeable dryness on the palate. Spicy oak notes and salt and lime remain.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Jour.Ray scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The initial price was 79€

  8. McMoulis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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