Single malt whisky - tasting notes

31 Jul 2013

Port Charlotte 2001 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bruichladdich

I remember the Port Charlotte 2001 released in 2011 by Malts of Scotland  (ref. 11017) said white Rioja on its label. Now there’s only Rioja hogshead so I wonder whether that means it’s red or simply undisclosed? Maybe it’s irrelevant anyway.

This bottle was presented at the 2013 Limburg Festival, but due to a printing error (“bourbon barrel”) the label had to be redone.

 

 

Port Charlotte 2001 - Malts of ScotlandPort Charlotte 11 yo 2001 (57,5%, Malts of Scotland 2013, rioja hogshead, MoS 13027, 358 btl.)

Nose: lots of capers with salted butter. Smoked fish, classic smoked salmon with a honey / mustard dressing. Sandy beaches. Some flax rope. Behind this Islay front are plenty of candied notes, marzipan and berries which make it more playful than the official releases. Quite some waxy notes as well. Mouth: very peaty, clean and coastal. Brine, the smoked fish again, hints of oysters. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, although there is some sweet citrus and a slight toffee note. Picks up a lot of salt and liquorice along the way. Finish: long, slightly candied again and still very smoky.

It’s difficult to fault one of these recent Port Charlottes (the price maybe). They are simply very well-made and they withstand even the most uncommon kinds of casks. Around € 105.

Score: 88/100

Port Charlotte 2001 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-07-31
  • Ricardo

    Why waste a Port Charlotte in a crappy wine barrel?

  • WhiskyNotes

    For the sake of experimentation? In any case it wasn’t wasted at all.

  • Koppa

    105 €!!!!!

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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