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Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition review

Port Charlotte 10YO review
WhiskyRant conclusions
Tasting notes

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).

2nd Edition of Port Charlotte 10YO Cask Strength

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.

Like the Red Dragon

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.

Tasting Notes

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon, Ex-Sherry and Ex-Wine casks (Tempranillo and French)
ABV: 50%
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Colour: Reddish gold
Nose: Every aroma is very sophisticated. Peaty and bit lemony, the peat is sweet with mild smoky notes. Quite salty with small vanilla notes. Nose is the only even slightly coastal part of this dram. Water adds berries and some salty sea air.
Taste: Very nice – malt comes first and smoke lingers slowly while you chew it. Peat stays in the back. Water adds berries and helps the tannins develop. Give it some time in the glass and smooth red fruits start to rise.
Finish: Great smoky notes, what was just a glimpse in the nose and smoothly settling on palate, dominates the aftertaste. Little bit of peat and lots of ashy peppery notes. Water adds strong oak notes and dry green fruits. Some dry salty licorice too. Great finish, definitely the best part!
Balance: This dram is in balance. So strong, yet so sophisticated. Great malt, which has everything in order. Surprisingly smooth until the finish explodes in your mouth, giving you a strong and long aftertaste.

Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition Scoring

Distillery: Bruichladdich Region: Islay

Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition Review

Port Charlotte 10 yrs 2nd Edition

Bruichladdich’s Head Distiller Adam Hannett’s thoughts on 10 year old Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore single malt whiskies:

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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