Port Charlotte PC10 (2012)
While there have been many 10 year old Port Charlottes since, the Port Charlotte PC10 was the first ever 10-year-old release. That was five years ago already, but it was quite a monumental moment for Bruichladdich at the time. The Port Charlotte PC10 matured in American oak casks, and was made from malted barley peated at 40 PPM.
Port Charlotte PC10 (59,8%, OB, 2012)
Nose: Fairly coastal, I’d say. A proper amount of peat and brine, accompanied by vanilla, ripe banana and pineapple. There’s some cured meat here as well. Finally a whisper of lemon zest.
Taste: Aggressive! Big, big whisky. Lots of peat and tar, and lots of heat (chili peppers). It is slightly farmy, but mostly coastal. A touch of iodine, some salt as well. Whispers of citrus fruit.
Finish: The peat and the spices linger for a long time, before sweeter fruits take over.
A tad too aggressive to my liking. Diluting it with water helps a bit, but not much. Still, I have a peat loving friend who will probably die of happiness when he tries this. What I’m trying to say is: this is just my opinion 🙂
Photo: Master of Malt
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.