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

€ 57,57

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 10-year-old

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.59 points

  1. 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/ 

  2. 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.

  3. mazuro scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

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

  4. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasty and tasty. Very balanced, not too dominant smoke. The alcohol is in my opinion very well involved, so I do not need water here.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet, spicy, citrus fruits, honey, beautiful wood smoke, malt, oranges, lemon zest, grapefruit, mint, nutmeg, dusty old wooden cupboard, something flowery is also there
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, tingling, ash, honey, creamy, dried fruits, apricots, oranges, peppermint, campfire smoke, white pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium long, smoky, light fruit sweetness, pleasantly woody. Nice mouthfeel.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Epic 10 years old Islay whisky with a great balance. 87/88.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Salted caramel, honey, peat, vanilla pudding, banana, pineapple and citruses.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful and oily. Peat, pepper, gunpowder, citruses, oak and tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, spicy and fruity.

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat with a very generous vanilla. Fruit with flesh, white peach ... It is very delicate behind the peat. Fine, fluid and juicy texture. The peat does not crush, it's really elegant.

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1866

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a new packaging for a classic from Bruichladdich
    • Nose
      direct peat but not very strong, just dosed!
      spices, vanilla before citrus (lemon yes and a little mandarin!)
      woody return very interesting, taking!
    • Taste
      one side ... peaty, but also maritime, salty, then rather sweet spices and the wood again:
      sweet, soggy, strong in taste
      then the citrus fruits a little candied, rather cooked which give a side toasted.
    • Finish
      on the same aromas, rather long, but monolithic.

  8. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Dense camp fire smoke and fine smoked aromas are immediately present. Vanilla and citrus fruits follow quickly, subtle hints of pastry hide behind them - maybe shortbread? Pineapple, tangerines and hard-to-define bright fruits merge with many herbs and a pleasant spice of oak. A salty sea breeze lays like a thin veil over the flavors. The strong alcohol content (50%) causes a slight cooling in the nose, but overall is quite well involved.
    • Taste
      The texture is - as so often in Port Charlotte - velvety soft, the onset quite voluminous. The strong smoke is there immediately, but tastes pleasantly sweet. Vast vanilla notes, honey and even slightly tropical fruit notes need not hide from the dense camp fire smoke with fine aromas of räuer. Juicy pineapple, a hint of coconut, lemon juice, pepper, pastries, salt, various herbs and spicy oak wood notes complete the diverse range of aromas. The alcohol is well integrated for my taste, I add no water.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, smoky and sweet and spicy. The 40ppm smoke also develops its power on the finish line. Pepper, bright fruit notes, a touch of strawberries and beautiful vanilla notes flash shortly before spicy-smokey aromas end the Port Charlotte. Maritime notes linger in the background.

  9. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Port Charlotte is one of my favourite islay whiskies and i was quite happy that they released a new 10yo standard bottling.

    its a quality dram without a doubt but its not to my liking.

    first of all the nose is rather quiet, the peat is more restrained,the phenolic level rather low. but whats really putting me off, is that dominant winey note.

    i drank their latest releases octomore 10, laddie 10 v2 and the port charlotte v2. they were also a mix of wine, sherry and bourbon casks and it was a nice variety. but honestly i didnt expect them to go on mixing wine casks into their regualar bottlings.

    long story short: its a decent drink, with a almost great body and aöpowerful lengthy finish. peat is more prominent in mouth and finish as it is in the nose. also the wine note is not as powerful as it was in the nose. but the peat level seems low. its stats 40ppm but behaves more like 20 or so. its muted by thath rose wine notes i guess.

    I really wish that they would have stayed at bourbon and sherry or a mix of it in their standard bottlings and leave the rather special taste of wine casks for special and single cask bottlings because it just dont feel right, tastewise. it just dont feel like the farmy originial port charlotte i used to love. and thats no matter of achanging taste over time, its really that cursed wine casks. ;-)

    if you have no problem with wine cask whisky in general than consider it a fine dram at a reasonable price point (50€/0,7L/50% Alc).

    If you're more classy and like your common bourbon and sherry influenced islay whisky maybe order a sample first.

    nevertheless: its good stuff, the bottle didnt last for long, altough i dont see me buying another bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. 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.


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