The Second Limited Edition of the Port Charlotte 10 Years Old recently hit the market as part of a trio of 10 year old whiskies released by Bruichladdich. Compared to the previous release of the PC10, the alcohol percentage has gone up from 46 to 50 percent. Ex-sherry, ex-tempranillo and ex-French wine casks where used for this particular vatting. The peat level is 40 ppm.
Port Charlotte 10 Years Old (50%, OB, Second Limited Edition)
Nose: Roasted peanuts, brambles and plenty of vanilla custard. The smoke and peat is there, some rubber as well, but not dominant at all. Hidden almost. There’s some candied lemon and overripe banana too, as well as fudge. Quite lovely. Taste: Mild smoke and a touch of rubber, followed by milk chocolate, licorice, cloves and pepper. Some sal ammoniac too. Cigarette tobacco. Finally some tinned peaches. Finish: Long, slightly medicinal and smoky.
I really like that this isn’t too heavy on the smoke and peat. It’s there, and it is obviously an Islay dram, but it’s also mild and non-intrusive, giving way to other aromas and flavors.