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Port Charlotte 2001/2009 'PC8 Ar D¨thchas'

(60.5%, OB, 30000 Bts.)
Average Score: 86
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryBruichladdich
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NamePort Charlotte
Year Distilled2001
Year Bottled2009
Bottling NamePC8 Ar D¨thchas
Alcohol By Volume60.5%
Bottles30000
Issued2009
Average Score86


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin89
Olivier Humbrecht90
Robert Karlsson86
Konstantin Grigoriadis82
Ho-cheng Yao87
Craig Daniels86
Krishna Nukala85
Luca Chichizola85
Thomas Lipka88
Rich Howard88
David Wankel83


Retired Maniac Ratings
Martin Diekmann88
Keith Wood87


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonA bit on the sourly kind of peat (and malt). Quite intense indeed. A round taste dominated by malty sweetness and peat. Needs some water to round off the initially quite rough taste. Prettř tough one this. Needs a good amount of time.
Craig DanielsNose: Lots of petrochemicals (coal & pipe smoke) over some berry jam (redcurrants and raspberries) along with wine gums and rosehips. Palate: Jam then tarry peat and lots of ashes, resolves into smoked applewood. Finish; long and tarry and jammy with leather tannins. Lingering tar and smoked rose petals. Comment: Interesting and Intriguing. A big whisky with a lot of berry and jam characters standing foresquare on the shoulder of the peat. The redcurrant and rosehips indicate a port or red wine cask or finish. I wonder what wood this was in?
Rich Howardstrong wood smoke but not overpowering, bacon (both fresh and smoked), rubber (of the bicycle inner tube variety, but restrained), somehow some tangy fruits fight their way through, and underscoring it all a lovely layer of butterscotch and burnt brown sugar sweetness. [tasted blind for the 2010 Awards]