Port Charlotte 10-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Heavily Peated
Stated Age
10 years old
50.0 % Vol.
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Added on
12 May 2018 2:16 pm by Dris

Average value

€ 59.02

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 10-year-old

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.37 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Administrator

    Ardbeg Ten got some serious competition when Bruichladdich released this Port Charlotte back in 2018. On the nose, a dusty cloud of vegetal peat smoke, heather and iodine is overshadowing subtle notes of sweetness, pencil shavings and crushed mint leaves. Water accentuates licorice, citrus and seaweed. Punchy, warming and peat-driven, the taste develops towards red currants, honey and a peppery touch of refill French wine casks. The aftertaste is long and intense with lemon zest, dried herbs and lingering ashy peatiness. An efficient COVID-19 drug!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. moviemaniac scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it’s a good one. It’s not only the bottle that’s fancy, more importantly, the liquid inside is also worthy of a thumbs up. While the French oak was on the brink of being too much on the nose, the first sip got rid of all doubts – this is a very well-made, balanced, heavily peated, young Islay malt as it should be. Very pleased to see this will be a permanent product in the Port Charlotte lineup!

    Full review: https://maltklaus.net/dailydram/2018/06/02/tasting-bruichladdich-port-charlotte-10-yo-2018-release/ 

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Instantly one of the better 10 years olds out there. Proper Islay whisky, but with a Bruichladdich twist. 
    • Nose
      Well-rounded and integrated, this shows a remarkable amount of farmy aromas, which is quite lovely actually. The peat smoke plays its role. Never too dominant, but always unmistakably present. There's a soft layer of sweet, tinned pineapple, as well as candied banana and vanilla custard.
    • Taste
      Good, oily texture. Mouth-coating. Lots of soot, and plenty of peat and rubber, as well as just a whisper of gun powder. Spices play a role on the palate as well. Mainly cracked black peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, some gunpowder. Finally some berries as well. Long.

  4. dullboy scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    It’s a mini Octomore. Same funky wine profiles at less than half the price. Great value, but not a daily dram for most.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rubber, vanilla, white chocolate, wet campfire smoke, damp leaves funk, pencil shavings, dried apricots, buttery Chardonnay. It’s strong and intense, maybe not an everyday dram?
    • Taste
      85 85
      Butter, vanilla, spicy ginger, barbecue sauce, very oily and juicy.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Quite long but dry, some ginger, mint leaves, and green apple.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A sample from another bottle, likely a different batch.
    Is it like I remembered? Can the Laddie's keep consistency?
    Or more likely, as it's not an unforgettable dram; can I sort my memory and remember what it was like?
    Still it's solid and pretty good, and I don't think there any need to change neither score nor notes.
    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for this sample.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, sweet, salty and meaty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Good follow up of the nose. Solid ABV.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet, spicy and dry.

  6. RomanRekin scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Dear PC10,

    When I saw the result of your extreme makeover, I was heartbroken. Dirty is the word that came to my mind when your post office water fountain tank shape appeared to me. Black, opaque, forcing me to approach the neon lights of my kitchen to check how empty you were ... or full, it depends.
    The habit does not make the monk however. The first sips had disappointed me and I had taken the risk of tasting you blind in front of the Lagavulin 8 whose characteristic smoke carried the bet without harm. After a few months, my opinion changed, the liquid became tasty and I mostly learned to revel in your oily consistency that lines the walls of the throat.
    Excellent value for money whisky. Surely the best 10 year peat on the market with the Ledaig 10 IMHO

    Ps: you are not so hideous after all. On the contrary, you stand out from the others and I love your cap ...

  7. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This nose is really awesome. With Laphroaig the most beautiful and aromatic smoke from Islay for me.

    Mouth and finish then not as strong but absolutely to my taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This smoke is just great! Sweet and still musty, machine room and still fire in the cowshed. For me, the Islay smokers have the least maritime influence. Absolutely intense. Small minus point for me: nothing to notice of the wine barrels except the sweetness in the first nose. Alcohol note is easy to feel.

      A lime and some herbs appear behind the smoke.

      With water, the smoke goes back a little and a very slightly fleshy note appears. Grilled meat marinated with herbs.
    • Taste
      86 86
      He slams it ... Old oil, citrus but not sour but sweet. Unusual. Here I also find the winey notes. Seasoning from the barrel is also there. Then the oak registers with pepper and a bit of bitterness.

      Everything is beautifully embedded in the oily texture.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very pleasantly warming and still occupying. Smoke goes back and herbs, spices and very light bitter notes come. Then goes out with vanilla and some dryness.

  8. CST1986 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A very nice 10-year-old expression from Port Charlotte. Some of its parts are classical Islay character of the likes you can find with Ardbeg and Lagavulin, but there is also a very dominant woodiness from the French Oak involved; and I'm not 100% sure that these casks actually compliment the excellent spirit. This whisky is neither a sherry monster nor a classic bourbon driven peat bomb, and thus on some evenings I find it a little bit disconcerting whereas on other occasions it's a perfect session finale. Anyways, it definitely is a BFYB malt and even with those reservations an Islay must-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Yes, of course it's peaty and smoky, but behind that there is a very, very sweet aroma of zabaglione with lemon sherbet, liquorice and peppermint candy. Some pineapples and cream with star anise and cinnamon are in the background. In spite of being peaty thanks to the bourbon and wine cask mix this smells almost like a dessert whisky. It sure isn't un-nice, but did we expect and want this from a supposedly heavy-hitting PC? Well, the jury's still out...
      You may add a drop of water, but it doesn't change (or add/improve) much about the general profile of the malt.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Imo the palate is better defined than the nose. You may list the PC 10 somewhere between a Bowmore and an Ardbeg, of course the better expressions of them out there. There still is that sweetness from the nose (slightly perfumed too), and of course there also is wood spice (perhaps more than expected from a 10yo), but this evident winy-ness is a little bit more restrained in favour of the character of the distillate. The citrus notes (limoncello) are almost as prominent as the peat, but now there also is that earthy, rooty freshness that wasn't really there on the nose, like gentian and very good absinth. Added to that of course you have those classy Islay flavours like tar, smoked bacon, kelp and sea spray. All in all this is very enjoyable, neat as well as with water.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, peaty and sweet. It's fine, really, but still on some days the sweetness from the casks tends to be a bit too much for me (acid reflux included...).
      You should buy this, but please try it first - and try the less wine-driven PC Islay Barley alongside if possible and decide what PC "style" you prefer. It's all a matter of taste.

  9. mazuro scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    In this whisky you can clearly feel the quality of the barrels used for its maturation.

  10. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    This is a nice heavily Peated whisky with a twist and it is reasonably priced. I found it very palatable straight so there was no need for water. Maybe I should have tried a glass with water just to see the difference but it's too late, it's gone.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Heavily peated but it's not that heavy on the nose. This is more meaty, chorizo, spiced barbecue sausage, tinned meatball sauce and Hellman's Chop sauce, stuff like that. There is a faint smell of red fruits like strawberries. Burnt matches also fighting it's way through.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Definitely heavy on the taste. More of those meaty flavours and white pepper. This is quite chewy and weighty. Again those fruit flavours are quite subtle, it's like a light coating around the peat and it definitely works, just holds it back from being a complete monster.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A medium to long finish as you would expect. The spices go quickly leaving the dark fruits to close the show.


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