Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011

PORT SGIOBA PRIVATE CASK PORT CHARLOTTE AGED 8 YEARS

Refill sherry hogshead no. 826/2001, distilled Dec 01, bottled Mar 10

Score(93.5/100)

"Frankly, brilliant..."

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Tasting notes by Dave Broom, July 2010

PORT SGIOBA 8YO 66%

Colour: Rich, deep amber heading towards mahogany.

Aroma: It fills the room immediately the cork is pulled. The first impression is medicinal - germoline being applied to grazed knees, followed by a whiff of cod liver oil, alongside creosote-covered garden twine and thinned varnish. Then comes a deeper more moist peaty note. The smoke lifts, leaving glowing charcoal and some teriyaki sauce before the fruits, jammy, black emerge along with dark chocolate and rum & raisin. With water, there’s coal tar (the grazed knee getting washed) which moves into the smell of a freshly oiled leather football, rainsoaked, hitting you square in the nose. (It’s quite a life in a Scotch sitting room, this) Finally there’s old dry crab shells and tidal wrack at high water mark on the beach on a hot summer’s day.

Flavour: Blazing embers and hot chillis (Scotch bonnet) alongside dense smoke. Only now do you get a hint of sherry but it’s cut with fresh acidity and low tannins. There’s also a walnut note, dunnage warehouses before bog myrtle emerges. The addition of water reveals pandrops and treacle toffee (the comfort after the hurt knee has been dealt with). Sweet-centred with the hot flames and smoke licking around it. Touch of parmesan as it develops.

Finish: Long and smoky and sweet with liquorice, creosote and just a touch of rubber - the sole indication of  its youth. 

Conclusion: Balanced, rich and powerful and though only eight showing great integration of oak - and certainly has been pulled out at the right moment. Somewhat reminiscent of Brora in character. 

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Tasting notes by Charles MacLean, June 2010

Port Charlotte 2001

8YO Islay @66%Vol

Colour: Deep umber; dull, with blackish lights. Excellent colour. European oak ex-sherry hogshead.

Nose: Some nose prickle, but not as much as one would expect for its strength. Tarry smoke, with dried fruits and warm Xmas cake, with glace orange peel dominant. All bound up with a hard, stony, mineralic aroma, becoming earthy/mossy. With water, and immediate scent of lighter fuel, which blows off, to be replaced with more tarry smoke and later treacle toffee.

Taste: Sweetish start, with good acidity (mineralic); dries slightly, with much lingering smoke. A short finish, but a very long smoky aftertaste, with traces of linseed oil.

Comment: Showing good maturity for its 8 years, but lacking the depth and complexity which only age brings. Appropriately grubby and virile. “An interesting whisky of considerable charm and appeal – to bikers and devotees of Black Sabbath!”

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Tasting notes by www.caskstrength.net

Port Sgioba – 8yo – Cask 826- distilled 6/12/01 – bottled 2/3/10 – 66% vol – 286 bottles

Nose: Hint of gentle smoke, slight note of farmyards and wet hay. Underneath there is a huge woody sherry note and some lovely fruity sweetness.

Palate: Minty and fresh initially, the high alcohol strength gives palate a thorough coating. It’s dry, but the sherry notes are superb, with further swirls of smoke. With water and honey notes come to the fore and further notes of peat smoke.

Finish: Lingering notes of honeycomb and the dry/fruity sherry.

Overall: Sensational drinking. This has some excellent balance between the soft peat and powerful sherry wood influence.

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Tasting notes by www.thewhiskyguy.co.uk

Age: 8yo,       Distilled: 6th December 2001,        Bottled: 2nd March 2010,       
Cask: Sherry Hoggie? No. 826,   ABV: 66%,       Total output: 286 bottles

Nose: The top note is a mild spearmint followed by a gently smouldering fire smoke. Wet hay, barley and earthy farmyard aroma chases a reduction of vanilla and balsamic vinegar (which is very pleasant). Some stewed figs and mulled wine sweetness mask a slight woodiness.

Palette: Hitting the tongue and washing around the month this is initially crisp. The minty freshness on the front of the nose sweeps in; followed by a thick sweetness. However, the high ABV and tannins quickly come to the fore. The drying effect is slightly overwhelming at first, but the fruit and huge sherry taste builds to a peak which allows the smoke to come on the back.

With water this whisky mellows and the sweetness, mint, mild iodine-esk smoke and sherry become dominant. Leather chew filling out the end

Finish: Medium in length with Sherry and slight woody leather.

In Summary: This is a going to be great with food, would love to get this dram alone with a good chunk of Dunsyre blue (made in South Lanarkshire, Scotland by Humphrey Errington from unpasteurized milk from Ayrshire cows curdled). The balance is just on the cusp of going to far towards the wood, but Jim’s guidance on bottling has kept them on the straight and narrow. An interesting bottling of Port Charlotte and one worth having in the cupboard to share with friends.

 

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