Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 years Review

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years is exactly what its name denotes; a 10 year old release of Bruichladdich’s heavily peated Port Charlotte range. Named after the dead Lochindaal Distillery (Port Charlotte / Rhinns) which, like other Isaly distilleries, burned dried peat to halt the malting process and gave the whisky a smoky aroma and flavor. This and the Octomore are Bruichladdich’s contributions to the heavily peated style made famous by the distilleries of Islay like the dead Port Charlotte distillery.

Located just 2 miles south of Bruichladdich the connection to Lochindaal / Port Charlotte / Rhinos doesn’t just end with the name. The barrels of whisky used to make Port Charlotte are aged in the only surviving stone warehouse that used to belong to Lochindaal which closed in 1929. Bruichladdich is also planning to open a new distillery on the old Lochindaal site sometime in 2016 – bringing the Port Charlotte name full circle.

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Info

Region: Islay, Scotland

Distiller: Bruichladdich
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: 10 years
ABV: 46%
PPM: 40

Natural Color | Non-Chill Filtered

Price: $60

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review

EYE
Pale honey

NOSE
Deep bold peat followed by a deep complex orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricots) get accompanied by a dollop of vanilla, honey and malty sweetness. It’s a rich, bright, crisp and smoky nose. Loving every second of it.

PALATE
Crisp clean peat rolls through followed by the same complex orchard fruit from the nose. Malty sweetness follows through carrying light notes of graham, honey, iodine, brine and a light bit of wood. Yum.

FINISH
Long smoky finish speckled with hints of vanilla, brine, honey and fruit.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Nicely balanced with a round body and a creamy texture that carries little alcohol burn.

OVERALL
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years is a stunner. I’m completely in love with this whisky. Despite carrying a bold dose of peat it’s balanced and nuanced with a deeply complex fruity aroma and flavor that balances out the gripping smokiness. I can see why people go crazy over these expressions.

SCORE: 91/100

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 90
  • Palate - 92
  • Finish - 90
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 92

Value

If you can still find the Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years for around $60 I’d call it a great buy. Few whiskies really hit that balance of complex peat and sweet this well.

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 years Label

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6 Responses to Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review

  1. Picked up the Bruichladdich Black Art 4 23 years, pricey but spectacular. Have you tried it yet?

    Also try Caol Ila 15 unpeated cask strength, reasonable price also really good.

  2. How does this compare to the PC Scottish Barley? I have this and like it, but probably not enough to buy another.

  3. Love this one also. How do you think this compares with the Kilchoman Machir Bay? (I don’t mean which is better — just taste comparison.) I get a healthy dose of licorice and vanilla with this PC 10, and a bit more lemon, peat (maybe sweetness?) with Kilchoman. If I put them side by side in a tasting, I wouldn’t know which to do first.

    • Hey Michael,

      You pose a great question, one that caused me to stop and think and and now I’m sitting here at my laptop with a glass of this and the Machir Bay. The Machir is sweeter and creamier where as this is earthier and darker in comparison. Both are great whiskies and tasting them side by side like I am right now it is hard to choose between them because I’m enjoying them both quite a bit at the moment.

      Thanks for giving me an excuse to pour these next to each other. Cheers!

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