Coopers Choice Port Charlotte 2004

Review 2017-007 «Specifics» Single malt • Vintage 2004 • Bottled in 2014 • 46% Alcohol• Matured for 9 years in a hogshead (#1032) • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from From Bruichladdich (Islay, Scotland) • Bottled by Coopers Choice (part of The Vintage Malt Whisky Company) • Milngavie • Glasgow • Scotland • Limited availability (330 bottles) • Difficult to find (price was ±€78) • Whiskybase #54631

STORY. I first saw this independent bottling from Port Charlotte reviewed in a blog by Ralfy, who was very impressed by it. That got me intrigued to try it for myself… According to their advertisement “The Coopers Choice range of single cask whiskies from Scotland’s finest distilleries is our homage to these fine craftsmen [red. the coopers, assemblers of the wooden barrels] and their important role in the Scotch whisky industry”. In other words, the men who made the barrels have chosen have chosen the casks for maturing these whiskies. This range originates from the same company that releases The Ileach, Finlaggan and Islay Storm.

TASTING NOTES

     

APPEARANCE. Remarkable and 80’s glamour-style design, colour of the contents is pale yellow and is coloured like a pure distillate.

NOSE. This is pure mineral-rich sea water. It is fresh and chiseled and it noses like a sea breeze mingled with some beautiful elegant smoke. (water) This induces some changes, as it is now more like white wine and vegetal rum (the so-called rhum agricole). It is very pure, organic and vegetal. Like sea water that has poured through peat bogs and that has subsequently been purified. Add to that some drops of lemon oil and you have this pure distillate.

TASTE. There are many ashes flying around. Much more floral and fruity compared to the nose. There are red apples, and rosemary, marjoram, tarragon and white pepper. It is quite spicy. There are also  hints of sun flower oil and some lavender. Then a dry smokey, herbal and floral finish.

VERDICT. I imagine that this is one of the purest Port Charlotte that you can probably find. Chiseled, pure, and quite complex in its own way. Recommended bottling to search for.

Recommended for people searching for the purest Port Charlotte.

Sample purchased from Whiskyhuis.be.

What others say

  • @Whiskybase: Mean score of 88.33 (3 votes)
  • Ralfy @Ralfy.com: “Ooww, real lipp-smacking stuff this” Score: 90/100
  • Serge @Whiskyfun.com: “Let’s check Ralfy’s score… right, 90, that will be my score as well” Score: 90/100
MY SCORE
Nose
86 %
Taste
85 %
Balance
86 %
Depth
84 %
Price
84 %