Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Heavily Peated

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Heavily Peated

(0.75l, 50%)


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Heavily peated treat: Smoky as hell, delicious as heaven.

The Bruichladdich distillery (pronounced brook-laddie) was established in the 1880s by the Harvey brothers. It operated for half a century, shut down and was resurrected in 2000 by a bunch of Whisky-loving business people. Then, the shiny rebooted Whisky-making operation got an esteemed Master Distiller, Jim McEwan, previously working at Bowmore. Bruichladdich reportedly produces 1.5 million liters of Spirit every year.

Among that sea of booze, there's a very special kind of Whisky: The Port Charlotte expression that comes in opaque green bottles ad "a nod to the heavily-peated Islay category". It got its name from the nearby silent distillery, which stopped producing Spirits in 1929. This lovely vintage is made from local barley and was matured for ten years in a combination of first-fill Bourbon, Sherry, Tempranillo and French wine casks. It's an authentic heavily peated Whisky with a full-bodied and rich dram with a long and peaty finish.

Peat is neat!
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    First-fill Bourbon, Sherry, Tempranillo and French wine casks

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smoky
sherry
orange
caramel
chocolate
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floral
peaty
black pepper
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bronzed mahogany.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Sherry and peat are the first aromas on the nose, followed by black pepper, cinnamon and mint with earthy notes of the Atlantic coast and peat moors.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
A brilliant introduction of Bourbon and Sherry wood is followed by chocolate orange, smoked malt and dark toffee.

Finish
Sweet and subtle finish of American Bourbon wood.
Ratings & Reviews
Steve
Steve,
I learned of this distillery and peated whisky through a documentary of Bruichladdich and Jim McEuen and the area of Scotland. I have enjoyed many single malts and blends but was new to peated malts. I will say it is an acquired taste and does not do well with bitter or sour additions. The odd combination of lemon twist, however did make for a pleasant drink and had a nice aftertaste as well.
 
Greg
Greg,
This is a great drink with a fun flavor mix with the peat. And oh the peat is very fine. Pricey by my lights for a daily dram but a great weekender. The flavor spiral is on target.
 
guest
guest,
Algo hermoso este single malt. Sorprende la fruta y chocolate bailando con el ahumado... desde los cítricos hacia las bayas! Final largo y reconfortante, definitivamente, una buena recomendación!
 
Dat
Dat,
Definitely peaty, and truth be told, not as complex as Son of a Peat II. Whereas Son of a Peat II was rated 8/10 because of its complex profile, I think Port Charlotte 10 years is worth about 7/10 as it is lacking the smoothness and pungency of the finish. I had the pleasure to compare this to the Port Charlotte MRC, and the MRC came out on top (8.5/10) even though it is only aged 7 to 8 years old. The MRC finish definitely cranked it up.
 
Robert
Robert,
Good - not great. A bit too peaty without much of anything else to balance it out.
 
David
David,
Not necessarily my thing. Its not bad, its just a lot. You certainly get what you ask for when it says Heavily Peated. The finish is a bit harsh or rough around the edges if you will. Not for all, but I imagine if this is your thing, you love it.
 
Donald
Donald,
I'm in the minority here. It was just Ok A bit too complex, rusty, smokey with a harsh finish. Not a favorite. As a matter of fact, I finished the bottle over ice with seltzer water. MEH
 
Donald
Donald,
Meh. A bit too woody. Not the best finish. A bit harsh going down. Very complex taste. Almost too complex
 
Christopher
Christopher,
The best that peated whiskey has to offer
 
Dartanyon
Dartanyon,
Robust smoky amazing taste.
 
Adam
Adam,
My new favorite peaty Scotch!
 
Marc
Marc,
One of my new favorites. Smooth and Peaty!
 
guest
guest,
Nice smoky, peaty Islay whiskey. Some underlying notes of caramel and black pepper. Nice lasting earthy finish. Noticed a little more of a floral taste with water.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is the best whisky I ever tasted! 🥃
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Excellent, maybe one of my favorites.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
My favorite Scotch and one that I will be ordering for a third time. Great blend of smoke, peat and a subtle underlying sweetness. Definitely worth a try, especially at this price point.
 
Coy
Coy,
One of my favorites from Islay! Plenty of smoke but the peat isn’t overwhelming. A couple of drops of water leads to quite the blossom of floral tones and helps tame the higher abv. This is one I always have in my cabinet!
 
Steven
Steven,
A lot of drinkers will shy away from the peated Islay Scotches, however not all peated whiskies are the same...certainly not on Islay. The wine cask influence on this Port Charlotte 10 brings a subtle sweetness that tampers the smoke and makes it a more gentle approachable whisky than perhaps the Ardbegs, Caol Ilas, Laphroaigs and Lagavulins...Yes it has that Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt embossed on the bottle and tin but don't let that put you off trying this..because this is a nicely balanced whisky that will introduce you to a new world of peat of you are a newcomer, gently hugging you with its smoky sweetness, without giving you a smack in the face like some others...and then the fun begins, because now if after this you like a little peat in your drink your choices have just become a bit more open
 
Robert
Robert,
Very enjoyable!
 
George
George,
Definitely the go-to scotch for me when I want to treat myself to a quiet evening in.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Incredibly smooth, even though it's rich with peat.
 
Duane
Duane,
Port Charlotte' is my go to peat. Easy Drinking that delivers a satisfying Mossy Dram. Sweat Peat nose. Heavy mouth feel with wonderful caramel finish. I' prefer this over Laphroaig 10. Mentioning it in the same sentence with Lagavulin 16 is almost disrespectful to Lagavulin.
 
guest
guest,
Tastes like woodsmoke but somehow in a good way. The strongest bite I’ve had that doesn’t taste even slightly medicinal, really encapsulates the fire of an Islay.
 
Sophian
Sophian,
Sweet peat if you can sit through a blast of iodine-engine grease for a few seconds. Love it! Strong ABV merely focuses the essence of Port Charlotte's distillate.
 
Chris
Chris,
Heavily smoky, deep flavor tones that blend together exquisitely. It's definitely got a decent amount of heat, but unlike some liquors where there's a bigger medicinal quality to the heat - this one is a bit more like you are inhaling a smoky peaty campfire.
 
Zach
Zach,
First and foremost, the scent of pete will hit your nose before you pick the glass up, which is delightful. It definitely has a nice sweetness to it as well. However I disagree with some of the other comments about how smooth it is. Definitely seems a bit fiery to me, albeit enjoyable. Better than most, but doesn’t quite hold up to a Laga 16 or Laph 10. At the price point, you’re getting a better sip out of a Laphroaig 10 f’sho.
 
Scott
Scott,
Smootheat, smokiest, peatiest scotch ever. Definitely in my top 5
 
CJ
CJ,
Neat peat that stays through from front to finish. Not the strongest peat but a very rich flavor. Very smooth will keep you coming back for more.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Excellent! Very nice peat; heavy but not overly so you don't feel like you are sticking you head in a campfire! One of the smoothest 10 year whiskies I have had.
 
james
james,
I LOVE this whisky!! Laphroaig introduced me to the peat thing , and Lagavulin is exceptional, but this is other worldly. I have never had 100 proof ANYTHING that was this smooth. Exceptional.
 
Duane
Duane,
The only way I can describe this is Exceptional! Rich nose of sweet stewed berries and wonderful earthy peat is complex and alluring. Luxurious mouth feel leads to a burst of complex notes that you will enjoy chasing sip after enjoyable sip. With a 50% APV pushing the flavors into deep expression. I found that a drop of water brings out a more accentuated mouth feel of honey. This a permanent space on my bar.
 
Jason
Jason,
Absolutely wonderful. Really smooth start to finish. Perfect amount of smoke.
 
Chase
Chase,
It’s like if Islay punched you in the face and then gave you a hug.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I really loved the smokiness. I will buy again.
 
guest
guest,
Not overly peaty, but just right!
 
Jon
Jon,
My new favorite peated scotch! I was expecting punch-in-the-mouth peat flavor from the name, but Port Charlotte isn't like that. The sherry finish is a perfect pairing as well. All around a very smooth dram that hits on all my favorite classic scotch flavors.
 
Carlton
Carlton,
Less body than a Lagavulin 16, which I prefer, but a very nice peated expression. Mouth feel notwithstanding, I actually like this better than the 10YO Laphroaig and Ardbeg.
 
Sean
Sean,
Can you say peaty??? Mmmmm.
 
Nolan
Nolan,
When advertised as heavily peated, I expected it to be overly peated, but as it's an Isly scotch, it works incredibly well. This is a fantastic beverage that deserves to be drank by each and everyone of you. Give it a chance.
 
Nolan
Nolan,
I don't know how to describe it using specific flavors. If you like scotch, this will be a good one. It tastes like a solid, good bottle of Scotch.
 
Tim
Tim,
Awesome. Wanted more smoke but other than that great.
 
Jorge
Jorge,
My peaty palate has adapted well to 16 y Lagavulin but I must say this gem matched (and maybe exceeded) in the peat dept by my taste. I thought it was well balanced and my throat was happy with the follow through
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Astounding.
 
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