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Port Charlotte 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.32/100
votes
1194
Whiskybase ID
WB112320
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Heavily Peated
Bottled
29.10.2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
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Bottle code
L162645 18/369
Barcode
5055807409940
Added on
12 May 2018 2:16 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 59.60

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Whisky Reviews for Port Charlotte 10-year-old

121 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.32 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super 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. 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.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite a bit on the tongue, a certain sharpness is not to be denied. For once, I would find it interesting to be able to put this whisky in the glass with a lower alcohol strength. I could imagine that 46% would not look bad at all (because a few drops of water take the edge off his spine without the whisky becoming flatter).
    • Nose
      86 86
      Caramel smoke that immediately settles on the nose. Warm corrugated iron roof, pepper. The smoke note is already special, associations of peat do not really want to occur. Ginger cookies, biscuit dough, malt, a dash of lemon.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong start with malt, marzipan, almonds, lemon and this very special smoke, which now lets a little peat aroma shine through on the tongue. However, it is not comparable to the peat aroma that the other colleagues on the island produce, the peated whisky. Here too the feeling of warm sheet metal combined with a certain peppery. Applesauce with whole cloves, mashed pears, freshly cut meadow.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium and dry, caramel candy, honey, toffee, coffee powder.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A pretty potent peat blast, fresh and a bit dirty. Almost perfect for what is (though preferably the finish could have done with a little less dry bitterness).
    • Nose
      88 88
      Earthy peat, cowstable, silage, some vanilla, lemon, fresh wood, eastern spices, cumin, (thai) ginger, mint, mild pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy and oily mouth feel, dry smoke, savory, farmy, lemony citrus, subtle vanilla, quite spicy (towards chili peppers), quite some ashy bitterness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long: some sweet vanilla and citrus, charcoal and a really dry ashiness.

  9. 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.

  10. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert 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.

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