Port Charlotte 10 year old Second Edition single malt whisky was released in 2016 – as part of a trio of 10 year old whiskies, along with Octomore & Laddie Ten, released by Bruichladdich. Second Edition is a successor for Port Charlotte PC10. Its alcohol by volume level is bit higher compared to PC10 – it’s gone up from 46% to 50%. Port Charlotte 10 year old is heavily peated with 40 ppm (phenol parts per million).
Port Charlotte 10YO 2nd has been matured in first-fill bourbon, sherry, Tempranillo wine and French wine casks. 18 000 individually numbered bottles have been released.
Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition is made from a spirit distilled in tall, narrow-necked spirit stills. This maximises contact between vapour and copper, helping the distillate become smooth. Tall stills also add floral notes which for example, are a trademark of Glenmorangie (distillery with tallest stills in Scotland).
I didn’t detect floral notes but lots of smoothness and nice, sophisticated layers in a whisky so strong. And if you add water and let it rest for a while, like any whisky enthusiast will most likely do, it gets even better and more sophisticated. Powerful but civilized, like Hannibal Lecter, in this case, from the movie Red Dragon (because of the colour of this whisky).
Bruichladdich states this about their Port Charlotte brand:
“Port Charlotte single malts are an enigma. While heavily peated, they also possess a surprising finesse…”
When thinking about Port Charlotte 10YO, I absolutely agree. Another great 10 year old by Bruichladdich.
Bruichladdich’s Head Distiller Adam Hannett’s thoughts on 10 year old Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore single malt whiskies: