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13 Dec 2011

Port Charlotte 2001 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bruichladdich

This Port Charlotte 2001 bottled by Malts of Scotland comes at a whopping 66,3% of alcohol. I’m not sure but it might be the strongest Scotch I’ve ever had (The Stagg outclasses it of course). There’s another fact that sets it out from the crowd: it was finished fully matured in a white Rioja wine cask.

 

Port Charlotte 2001 Malts of ScotlandPort Charlotte 9 yo 2001 (66,3%,
Malts of Scotland 2011, white Rioja hogshead, MoS 11017, 345 btl.)

Nose: rather huge notes of burnt grass, sand, brine, kippers and smoke. All this with a coating sweetness from the wine. Water is probably not a bad idea, so let’s try that. It adds big notes of damp cloth and flax rope, as well as some hay, garage smells and wax. Mouth: very sweet and very peaty (it probably hasn’t been measured, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is close to an Octomore in ppm). Quite juicy with sweet grapes and sugared lemon juice. Undiluted it tends to numb your mouth. Water adds tarry notes, sweet smoke and some saltwater. Finish: long, clean, with grapes and peat.

This Port Charlotte is extreme in many ways (alcohol, peat, sweetness). I’m not the biggest fan of unrestricted sweet peat, but on the other hand, it’s much more than just another wine finish. Around € 85.

Score: 88/100

Port Charlotte 2001 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-13
  • http://www.thosop.com Luc

    This PC is not finished in a white Rioja wine cask, it was 100% matured in a white Rioja wine cask.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Thanks for clarifying Luc. How did you like this one yourself?

  • http://Www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal

    Seems to be quite a few of those pc
    Finishes/ wine casks. I quite like
    Sherried pcs. White wine is very unusual
    Nice.

  • http://www.thosop.com Luc

    To be honest I love this one. The combination of the sweetness with the underlying peat is in my opinion lovely. Especially if you add some water. At full strength you miss the depth and complexity of this whisky.

  • Jorgen

    Sounds like my ‘cup of tea’ ;-)

  • Ricardo

    How does this compare to standard issue distillery PC9?

  • wouter

    @ Ricardo

    It doesnt!!!! It just really doesnt compare at all.

    I must say this is a superb whisky which I instantly loved.
    Of course you might expect this at such a price.

    Would like to add to the taste notes: Subtle notes of dried and burnt nuts in the nose and body. The complexity and freshness of this still very smoky and peaty whisky is intoxicating. The nose is much milder than one would expect of such a peaty whisky, but the body comes again and again. You will discover new elements for a long time drinking this pearl of a whisky.

    I would say that the standard port charlottes just cant compete to this special release. In my opinion you will almost always find that special releases by signatory, malts of scotland, or the ultimate, will beat the standard range any day of the week!

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