Port Charlotte 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.79/100
votes
420
Whiskybase ID
WB34013
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Heavily Peated
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Added on
03 jul 2012 12:39 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 217.87

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Whisky reviews for Port Charlotte 10-year-old

48 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.79 points.

  1. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very nice, strong bottling that particularly impressed me on the palate. Also very nice and oily for the young age.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Strong medicinal smoke, which on the one hand brings a sea freshness, but on the other hand also reminds of the somewhat acrid smoky note of a campfire. In addition, and partly after the smoke: vanilla, oak seasoning, figs, lemon, mint, applesauce,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, tingling start. nice oily and smoky. Well-integrated alcohol.
      Honey, vanilla, lemon, mint, oak seasoning, pear, caramel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish. Smoke, lemon and honey sweetness are left behind.

  2. Koalafant scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke (how surprising!), Dark fruits, very round. After a while, a subtle maritime note develops (harbor basin?). Quickly weakens in the nose.
    • Taste
      Round and complex, slightly smoky, warming.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly short with a slight bitterness

  3. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice standard malt as an alternative to the well-known smokers. But I remembered it better.
    • Nose
      87 87
      From a distance you can smell the juicy smoked ham, but directly the nose smells the malt 'cold' and reserved. The smoke fades into the background, but now there are green herbs (marjoram, thyme) and lemon. Chimney smoke arises with hand warmth.
    • Taste
      86 86
      smoky, spicy, herbaceous, citrus, vanilla
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, dry, smoky, citrus

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great for a freezing cold winters night or when you need to flush peculiar flavors. This one leaves you with peat, a lot of sugar and a wee hint of sulfur.
    • Nose
      This is heavily peated for sure.. A classic Islay peatbomb. The farmy character remained very well, despite of the high peat level. Coastal/maritime influences. Aside from that I get quite some barley sugar. There is a very recognizable smell of the fermentation process present. Citrus fruit, cigar tobacco, wood and that’s about it. Peat covers the nose.
    • Taste
      Very Creamy and soft as one could expect with a heavily peated style of whisky. I get vanilla and a lot of sugary sweetness. This is way beyond being able to define specific fruits or subtle flavors for me. It is all about the peat.
    • Finish
      Long, but that is just because of the high level of peat. Silky mouthfeel and bitter/dry orientated. Some wood, clearly a lot of vanilla and again a lot of sugar.

  5. VollePulle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Heavy sweet peat, slight sherry sweetness. Port Charlotte is in my opinion much peatier than the South Coast Islays

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First, a lot of aromatic smoke. It changes beautifully between the campfire notes and the Maritime-Phenolic. Behind it comes the Laddie freshness with citrus and a few herbs. Could actually have a bit of mint. And last but not least, the sherry struggles forward with a few fruits, perhaps orange most likely.
      Great complexity!
    • Taste
      First of all, delicious smoke. Bacon, campfire but then again phenolic. Very aromatic. And then intensely sweet and at the same time pleasantly spicy on the tongue. The sherry gets through much faster than in the nose.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky with a bit of dark chocolate.

  8. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/bruichladdich-pc-10-heavily-peated/

  9. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    It tastes more like ash for me than smoke. And in addition there is a certain amount of sulfur. You have to like it. I like it, but rather than delicious not so deep whisky.

  10. Robert Parker scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Tasty Everyday Malt I would say
    • Nose
      beautiful smoke, floral, citrus, bright fruits
    • Taste
      sweet, again light citrus fruits, alcohol beautifully integrated, smoke encloses the aromas, a little bonfires, certain saltiness is undeniable, pear, green apple
    • Finish
      Medium, citrus and slight bitterness remains on the throat

  11. pelle86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, balanced single malt with a pleasant campfire smoke - 22.02.2014
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, smoked bacon, salt, lemon, malt sweet, caramel
    • Taste
      Smoke, smoked bacon, very spicy, Vesperteller, oak, the smoke lingers for a very long time
    • Finish
      Lang

  13. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    Port Charlotte 10 yo (46%, OB, 2012)
    The first ‘regular’ 10 yo Port Charlotte. If the quality’s similar to
    that of the Laddie Ten, well, we’re happy. Colour: gold. Nose: ah well,
    this is massively both tarry and medicinal. It’s interesting because
    most PCs we could try so far, especially from indies, came from very
    active wood while this seems to be more ‘natural’. So we’re between
    fresh tarmac, mercurochrome and encaustic, which is a profile unlike any
    other (esp. none from the island’s south shore). Very singular and
    probably very polarising. Fresh barley and ‘a kiln’.  Mouth: starts a
    little bizarrely, hesitating between lemons, tar/liquorice and brine,
    all those flavours appearing intermittently. Maybe that’s what we could
    call an alternative whisky? ;-) Goes on with marzipan and some kind of
    sweet and sour notes. Lemon-sprinkled kippers and oysters. Finish: long,
    ashy, tarry. A very sooty/ashy aftertaste. Comments: as expected, it’s
    very good whisky but I must say I like most other PCs better – and god
    knows I’m a sucker for Port Charlotte. I’m pretty sure this 10 will
    improve mucho mucho when they’ll start adding newer vintages to the
    vatting. SGP:257 - 82 points.

  14. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, briny - coastal, pepper and some vomit. Orange, chocolate - butterscotch, vanilla, iron and paprika.
    • Taste
      Full with peat, smoke, pepper, cinnamon and citrus. Some sulphur, pickle, earthy - mushrooms and some liquorice.
    • Finish
      Medium drying and long with meat, cloves, vanilla and pepper. Smoke, peat, herbs - bolognese and ashes.    

  17. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose peat, cowshed, cow dung, soil: dirty! Mouth cold ash, medicinal peat on the myrtle, fat and good. Too bad the bitter final is the black spot of this whisky and drop its overall appreciation.

  18. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Port Charlotte, the we-have-waited-for-you original bottling version.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke. Fruits! Lemon, gras, vanilla, smoked pear, licorice, salt, smoke-dried fruits, sulphur, a touch of TCP.
    • Taste
      Smoke, stripes of bacon, lemon, salt, smoke-dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Salt und sour smoke.

  20. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The 2014 expressions are not the same as the older ones from 2012 and 2013. 

    As this malt is natural coloured, you can distinguish the older ones from the 2014 versions not only by the bottle code, but also by the brighter colour of the 2014 expressions. You can distinguish the older ones from the 2014 versions by the flavour, too: The 2014 expression lacks the deep sherried tones of the older versions. 

    Reading some of the tasting notes, I reckon that some of the notes refer to the later versions of 2014. 

    My point of view is that it's a shame, not to give any hints of the changes made, but sell a different whisky in the same old packaging. The distillery is to blame. 

  22. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. vb_bembel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. irrerelevant scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    earthy smoke, somehow unpleasantly musty, sherry, Christmas spices, dry, dates and orange, "soapy", not mine

  25. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I bought the bottle in 2013 for Euro 38.- in the online shop.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. JohannesB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This malt opened the world of smoky whiskys with which I had little use before. The special feature of this whisky is that sweet and fruity notes are not covered by the smoke, but rather "flattered". Immediately he is clearly recognizable as Bruichladdich. 89/100
    • Nose
      Strong smoke. More campfire than hospital. But then the surprise: just behind it citrus fruits, hay, grass ... The Brennereicharakter actually has a chance against the heavy smoke. Brilliant. Very sweet for such a smoky whisky. Vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrel. With smoked bacon and some peppermint.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily and at the same time very strong. Peppery spiciness, no alcoholic. Then comes smoked bacon and it gets sweeter after a few seconds.
    • Finish
      Ashes, fiery glow from the campfire. This is again smoked bacon served. This aroma lingers in the mouth for several minutes. The sweet caramel and the citrus fruit appear again and again.

  27. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I don't know why it feels so young, plenty with refill casks? I have had several Kilchomans that have felt older than this one. The 10 YO cask strength is an amazing dram but this one is not even close, With that said, it is not a bad dram at all but I had expected more based on what Port Charlotte normally delivers. 

    (Rating interval 82-84)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, salted butter, licorice with some vanilla in the background. There are some complex cheez-notes, I am thinking smoked cheddar really far back. Also brine, barley spirit or grappa and some plastic,
    • Taste
      Intense and raw peat smoke, salt, tar, mixed pepper corns, lemon pepper and barley spirit again which makes it feel younger than ten years old. 
    • Finish
      The finish is all about peat smoke and licorice, salmiak, and some salt and sour peat on the sides of the tongue.

  28. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Complex and aromatic for a 10yo.
    • Nose
      Dark sherry fruit and (campfire) smoke in pleasant harmony. This results in a sulphurous note, like that of a New Year's Eve crusher.
      Citrus flavors, bacon, peppermint. An interesting, complex nose.
    • Taste
      Oily-Suess. Dark fruit, again smoke and bacon. Dark chocolate, citrus notes, caramel and more campfire smoke.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with smoke, dark chocolate, some oak.

  29. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, smoked ham, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      strong smoke, spicy oak, again a touch of chocolate
    • Finish
      dry with a lot of smoke, the smoke lasts for a very long time

  30. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  31. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. stf_92 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Finely peated and fruity (citrus). Faithful to him even all the way. Its good!

  33. tomy63 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, peaty and "dirty" nose with a farmer's side (stable, manure) well marked. Mouth fat, a little sweet, easy, peaty, less farmy and more earthy, with a little ash, caramel, citrus. Correct length, but lacks some punch in attack. Simple but very effective, everyone feasted.

  34. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A singular whisky. An exotic nose. Rather pleasant to drink. Only negative point: an unpleasant finale.
    • Nose
      An incredible nose: the stable, the camphor, the marine shore, the land. Fairly smoked. Rather "dirty". A little metal heated to white, too.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it is fat, smoky, peaty but without excess, a little medicinal. it reminds the shore, again. And the juniper.
    • Finish
      Bitterness a little too pronounced makes this final quite unpleasant. And we return to the "dirty" nose; the stable, the farmyard.

  35. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, very pleasant to drink, but a little standard in the making of the aromatic palette and taste.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, very pleasant to drink, but a little standard in the making of the aromatic palette and taste.
    • Nose
      More sherry than peat! Toffee, a little sulfur, leather, citrus. A little salt too. And smoke but not "heavily", far from it.
    • Taste
      More peaty than the nose but especially very fruity. A bit coastal (smoked fish). Toffee. Sulfur. Dried fruits. Pretty fat and round. Slight tingling of alcohol.
    • Finish
      Medium, on wood smoke, smoked fish and dried fruits (figs, apricots).

  37. Peatpilgrim scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This is autumn stuff. Get ya arse up mate and have some lonely hours in your rotting forest nearby. Rub yourself with all that old rotting wood and mushrooms, eat the fallen leaves, rosehips and brambles. No seriously a very very decent dram totally autumn for me! Slainte
    • Nose
      Cheesy, peaty, moss, topsoil, forrest topsoil, wet, fog, high humidity, sea, wet wood, old stones,wood, chamignons, fungus maximus, salt, pistaccio, smoke, driftwood,rigging
    • Taste
      Woody, peaty, wet, dry ( somehow yeah),dusty, sweety, nutty, pepper, soft,chili, soil, mushrooms and rotting wood with a wet surrounding- do i need to say more?
    • Finish
      Smoky, peaty, cheesy, wet and mushrooms, rotting wood

  38. Elandi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Something for every day .........
    • Nose
      Peat smoke. Fruity. Sherry and a little vanilla
    • Taste
      smoky, but in the background. Pleasantly oily and sweet. Caramel and chocolate.
    • Finish
      medium. Great balance of sweetness and smoke. Sweetness stays longer.

  39. CaskHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rated 88 for the older (dark) botteling!

    The newer bottelings (much lighter color) tend to be much less complex, with a slightly bitter finish. 

  40. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A little complex whisky, simple and pleasant to drink. He is a little "young", not very fat and rather austere.
    2nd tasting: I found on the contrary that quite fat, greedy and more iodine. Aeration was good!
    • Nose
      A very amber color! They are active casks ...
      Nose of lemon peat, plants and some wood. It is quite austere. Best impression at a 2nd session; farm peat (hay + peat + dung) and greedy.
    • Taste
      Smoked, sweet, sweet, on medicinal plants and citrus (orange zest). 2nd tasting; oily, iodized, peaty texture.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet and smoky, with hints of citrus. 2nd tasting: More iodized, farmer.

  41. Fable scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Jaap Kooiman scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This whisky is awesome. Between nose, taste and finish is really a switch in taste and thoughts about things. From Farmhouse --> to tabaco to mintyness. Really complex whisky wich needs time to develop and finding out how mutch water you can at. Don't be shy with that! 
    • Nose
      At first, Peat like burned campfire wood, then with a drop of water. More flavours like, fertilizer granules, dirt, plants (curry), things you smell at a farmhouse. 
    • Taste
      Very full and warm feeling. Very smokey ,More leathery, tabaco, ash smokyness. Spicy like Curry, also tasting smoked ham/bacen after some sips. There's also a bit of seesaltiness, seeweed, rubber and freshsweet patrol. 
    • Finish
      Very fruity sweet,  Vanilla / caramel at first. 5 minuts later the ashtray/tabaco notes will take over for at least 1 hour.
      With more sips the finish will be nicer, full and warmer!
      More minty, mentol, liquorice smoke developing. 

  43. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Notes made as part of a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Salty and peaty, but sweet as well. Pure chocolate, smoked butterfish, salami and iodine.
    • Taste
      Peat, pure chocolate, salty liquorice, toffee and salami. Slightly dusty, but not in a bad way, and a wiff of ammonia. Although quite powerful, the addition of water doesn't turn out very well on this one.
    • Finish
      Pure chocolate, tobacco and salty liquorice. Relatively mild and short for its character though.

  44. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice whisky typical of the distillery.
    • Nose
      Smoked peat.
      Cereals, and a meaty side. Pretty typed and close to the PC8. I found the bottle in question blind.
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat. Easy to drink.
    • Finish
      Average.

  45. Igor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Refined, complex, appetizing. Meadow, wheat?, ripe fruit, peach jelly, currants, strawberries, wild berries, diesel oil, soft smoke.
    • Taste
      Chamomile tea, pistachios, cloves, paprika?, liquorice, caramel candies, raspberry jam, chocolate milkshake.
    • Finish
      Lingering. Hazelnut, pekoe tea, vermouth, turnips, citrus zest, ginger, honey, orange, lemon, ground pepper, sesame seeds.

  46. FedeBosco scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Very nice dram, not intense like Lagavulin 16 or Laphroaig 10 but simple character and good glass of scotch.
    • Nose
      Peated, bacon and grilled meat, sherried wood.
    • Taste
      Warm, strong on tongue but light. Clean and rounded, heavy peat but in a different way compared to Lagavulin and others Islay. Lighter, good.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant, warm and clear, good

  47. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    MEDIUM WEIGHT WITH A TEXTURE THAT IS SMOOTH, STRONG AND
    SMOKEY. THIS IS A SPIRIT WITH FIRE IN ITS SOUL AND WARMTH IN
    ITS HEART.

  48. Ian V scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    McEwan era laddie character is well in tact with buttered malt and earthy Laphroaig style peat. It may be a simpler and easier version than the single cask PCs but it represents the major components to the PC style well and it stands up to any other Islay entry level bottle. I expected to be underwhelmed after reading a couple reviews but in fact it`s a tasty addition to my collection. 

  49. Junior scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Place: spirits in the sky Leuven
    • Nose
      very soft, some peat, but not overwhelming, in contrast to the name
    • Taste
      lots of thick peat, much more than in the nose, citrus, liquorice
    • Finish
      long, peat, becomes sweeter

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