Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Port Charlotte 14 Year (2003)

Scotch Whisky Review #423: Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Port Charlotte 14 Year (2003)

Distillery: Bruichladdich.

Bottler: Duncan Taylor.

Region: Islay.

Age: 14 Year. Distilled in July of 2003 and bottled in June of 2018.

ABV: 52.8%.

Cask Type: Sherry Cask.

Cask Number: 97610.

Price: Sample courtesy of /u/_asipper.

Color: 1.9, Brown Sherry.


Nose: It is really earthy. Damp earth along with a bit of moss and peat are the major notes here. There’s a vegetation note that I can’t quite place along with slight sea breeze.

Palate: It takes a couple drops of water to wake up. It comes across as quite cask heavy, almost to the point where I’d call it over-oaked. There’s a lot of oak spice along with baking spices, nutmeg in particular. A bit of tobacco and thin sherry notes wrap things up.

Finish: Medium to long in length. Much like the palate, there is a lot of oak and baking spices. There is also something that reminds me of asphalt. It is like the aftertaste in your mouth after you walk past a work crew pouring down some fresh asphalt.


Conclusion: You know, when someone uses the words “rare” and “auld” to bottle a whisky, you kinda of expect it to at least fulfill those criteria of being rare and old. I can’t quite understand why Duncan Taylor would bottle something that is neither rare nor old under that brand especially since it led me to being skeptical of this whisky before I’d even tasted any. I’d hoped that at the very least, we’d get a solid Port Charlotte bottling out of it but alas that wasn’t to be the case. This whisky was so oak heavy, almost to the point where I’d call it over-oaked. The really only interesting thing going on here is that distinct note of asphalt that both /u/b1uepenguin (his review can be found here) and I found in this. It wasn’t unpleasant, just terribly boring.

Final Score: 72.


Scotch Whisky Review #423, Islay Review #69, Whisky Network Review #577


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky and I will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection if feasible.
  • 85-89: Very good to amazing, almost the complete product and I’m likely wanting a bottle or two.
  • 80-84: Quite good, pleasant overall though there is usually a few things that could be improved still.
  • 75-79: Good, enjoyable to drink but ultimately flawed.
  • 70-74: Alright, solid and wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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