Port Charlotte 2012

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
Stated Age
06 years old
Calculated age
07 years old
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L163829 20/069 12:30
Added on
22 dec 2020 11:47 am by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 79.00

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Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 2012

One user has left a review for this whisky. Average rating is 86.00 points.

  1. whisky_knight scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Caveat: I can barely stand peated whiskies (I can’t handle Laphroaig 10), but the tasting of Bowmore 15 Year (with a very faint, distant smokiness) really made it approachable. While this Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012 is much more peaty compared to the Bowmore 15 Year, I was able to finish this dram with no issues. In fact it was downright *enjoyable* (a huge breakthrough for me).

    There’s a pure, focused smokiness in Bruichladdich / Port Charlotte’s peat, and it’s so well integrated into the dram that you get to enjoy the other notes like caramel, vanilla, and the Islay Barley’s malty-cereal notes appear as well. I can appreciate this gorgeous creaminess and the smoke never dominates.

    Hats off to the foundational work that Jim McEwan and the rest of the Bruichladdich team have done here. I’m super excited to try more Port Charlotte in the future.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Medium peat initially. Nothing as potent as, say, Laphroaig 10 Year or Ardbeg. The smokiness is a pure scent, nothing medicinal. Letting it breathe some more, apples, vanilla, cereal notes appear. At 50% ABV, there’s no alcohol burn at all, it’s nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Vanilla, caramel, nice, light oily mouthfeel, a gentle smokiness enters now and stays with you throughout the mid-palate and finish. Caramel and honey are now more apparent by the 2nd taste, the peat is beautifully integrated, so it never tastes like you’re ingesting an ash tray. This isn’t a “peat bomb.”

      The 50% ABV is beautifully balanced here as well. You get a slight bit of ginger heat, but nothing bothersome at all.

      By the 3rd taste, you appreciate a lovely creamy, malty-cereal quality. It reminds me of the regular Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012, but the peat actually helps to make the cereal notes stand out more.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium. Gentle bonfire in the distance. Fading vanilla. Light dark chocolate (60% cacao) bitterness helps to make this a pleasing dram.


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