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Port Charlotte 10 Year Old

(70cl, 50%)

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old

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Port Charlotte 10yo Bottling Note

Introduced as the flagship Port Charlotte expression produced by Bruichladdich in 2018, this 10 year old single malt from the Isle of Islay is a lip-smackingly smoky number indeed. It's peated to 40ppm, and drawn from a combination of first-fill American whiskey casks, second-fill American whiskey casks and second-fill French wine casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Salted caramel brownie, flamed orange peel, a hearty whack of seaweed.

Palate: Oak-y smoke and salty sea air, paired with sweeter notes of Custard Cream biscuits and white grape.

Finish: Ginger snaps, rye toast, drying peat smokiness.

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Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Reviews

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This really is a superb whisky. The perfect marriage between peat and smoke. The finish is so mouthwatering and lingering. Well worth having a bottle of this in your collection

13th October 2020

Peat perfection.

What's to be said about it? This is what an Islay malt should be. As perfect as it gets nowadays. A real, and I reiterate, a real Islay single malt. Perfection.

12th October 2020

Good stuff!

Tried this for the first time at a pub in glasgow I'm not a big peaty fan but this is good stuff , I made sure the bar staff gave it to me in a decent glass and it was bloody good stuff , high abv , natural colour , and salty , I will be buying a bottle soon.

19th September 2020


I’m drinking this as I write this review and I must say this is one of the most balanced Islay whiskies I’ve ever come across, perfect blend of peat and especially smooth for 50%, it’s hard to believe that’s the ABV, buy this one if you see it, it’s a true gem, very happy I bought this after reading the positive reviews here, it’s 40 ppm, but don’t let that turn you off from trying it if you’re new to the region, they did a great job with this. I want to say thanks to everyone here that convinced me to try it, much love!

7th September 2020

Yum! Tastes like Frazzles!

Reminds me of Frazzles, those smokey-bacon flavoured crisps from my childhood. But in liquid form of course.

31st August 2020

Wonderfully balanced creamy/vanilla yet moreish peat smoke.

Incredible. I've been searching through the Islay whiskies recently. Was a huge fan of Jura in the old range, superstition and prophecy. Always liked Laphroaig and recently begun enjoying Ardbeg 10. Took a shot at this at £50 and was not disappointed. I find it hard to describe the palate but definitely get some creaminess at the end which with the peat tastes sublime. This is one of my top drams. Will definitely keep this in stock!

21st July 2020

Port Charlotte 10

Port Charlotte 10 tops my list of Islay drams. I love them all, but i think this one is special. Historically, I routinely drink Laphroaig 10, Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16. Since having the Port Charlotte 10 it's the one dram I gravitate to. It's absolutely flavourful!! I won't break my tasting palate down into individual flavors as I think it's very subjective and variable, but I will say smoky (peated) and sweet is what I get from this wonderful dram consistently. For me, the first few sips are peated with more and more sweetness as I progress. What else can I say, I LOVE IT! My only hope is that bruichladdich can maintain the consistency of this fantastic 10 yo.

23rd June 2020

Incredibly smooth and full of character and flavour

For me: not as peaty as Lagavulin or Laphroaig, but brimful of character and flavour, and incredibly smooth for a 50% malt - a joy and delight in every way.

22nd June 2020

One of the best

This has become my first pick for Islay whisky. I love Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin, big peat fan in general. This PC10 is simply stunning, and one that I keep coming back to.

Amazing rich and full texture. Despite the heavily peated designation it is really very well balanced, and not dominated by peat at all. Fresh smoke, medicinal notes are gentle in my opinion.

21st May 2020

Disappointingly young tasting and unbalanced

I appreciate I’m in the minority here, but I was very disappointed by the Port Charlotte 10. It tastes younger than its age (reminded me of cheap unaged continental fruit brandies), and lacks a sense of balance, like a bad whisky that’s been peated for the sake of it. (For peat’s sake, perhaps.) I really would have liked to have enjoyed this, especially after spending £50 on it, but would probably rank this around the same level as a mediocre Bowmore in my Islay rankings.

15th May 2020

Delightfull and easy smoke!

Excl 10 yr. still young but not harsh with delightful notes of Carmel and smoke. It feels more sophisticated and rivals established 12 and 14 yr olds. Worth the try.

14th May 2020

May 8 2020

Monster Islay good taste as good as lagvu ,16 and ardberg if you want peaty this is the one very good cheers

8th May 2020

Decent smokey whisky

I'm really enjoying this. It's well balanced smokey whisky.

24th April 2020


Smoky wonderful flavor!

7th April 2020

Outstanding value for Islay enthusiasts

Robust, warming, ideal for cold Nova Scotia evenings. Excellent value.

25th March 2020


A great intro for those new to Islay offerings with bags of peaty goodness with out getting into some of the funky taste "aquired" components such as one might encounter with a Laphroaig. Nothing here to scare one off the enchanted isle , just incredible flavourful depth with a warm smokey finish that seems to go on for hours...

6th January 2020

Laphroaig and Lagavulin had a baby

I love Lagavulin, Ardbeg, and Coal Ila. Laphroaig 10 not so much. There is definitely something that reminds me of Laphroaig but with a bit more sweetness. It's almost as if you mixed one of the 3 above with Laphroaig. There's no missing that hint of bandaidy medicinal ting in the finish. Overall a good dram.

6th January 2020

first class

Feed me till I want no more. What more can one say

25th December 2019

Great blend

Realy good and has the great blend of Smokey taste.

6th December 2019

Islay Heavily Smoke lives on

Purchased this today at Dan Murphy’s after reading the reviews .This Dram is right up there with Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16.
Has a great blend of Smokey taste.
Best without any additional water.50 abv is superb

1st December 2019

Simply wonderful.

A wonderful whisky. Great value for money. Love it.

9th November 2019

Very good

Lovely and complex.
Nose is smokey and medicinal, in a good way. Slight sweetness and hints of orange.

Tasting gives the expected antiseptic flavours, but not overpowering. A little sweetness takes off the edge.

Finish gives a good hit of peat and oakiness.

Really good and worth the price!

14th October 2019

Good but not great

Received as a birthday present. If tasting blind I would have guessed cask strength Laphroaig (rather than Ardbeg, as others have suggested). A bit too hot (alcoholic) and sweet for my tastes, but I may buy again.

3rd October 2019

Worthy Member of the Islay Brotherhood

Bruichladdich have crafted something wonderful here. Port Charlotte 10 yo sits easily with the other titans of Islay with an assuredness it perhaps doesn't have a right to given the distillery only recommenced production in the early 2000's. It has the disinfectant, briny, iodine notes typical of young Islay whiskies with a rich malty sweetness and a hint of aniseed underneath. This is smoother and more complex than Ardbeg 10 (Laphroaig 10 doesn't even come close), but I still prefer Lagavulin 8, so I took half a star off.

22nd September 2019

Disappointment, its medium peated..

It says on the label its heavily peated, id say its not that peated, its nice but at 50 pounds its to expensive,quite a rough finish, ardbeg is much nicer for same kind of money. It lakes that sugar mixed with water in a ash tray finish that ardbeg 10 year old has x

16th September 2019

Not really for a school night.

As I sip this I may tell you this starts with a strong alcoholic waft followed quickly by peat smoke and spices.
On tasting you get a dry saltiness of smoke (if that makes sense)
Long salty afterburn, not harsh but not smooth.
Drops of water bring out the sweets.

2nd July 2019

excellent deep rounded peaty dram

interesting reading the reviews there are clearly some Ardbeg fans out there. i wonder how many of them are wed to youtube reviews. For me the port charlotte is a league above ardbeg 10. Dont get me wrong, if i had to list my top 10 whiskies Ardbeg 10 is top 3. Port charlotte is a different proposition though. Ardbeg is very much dry peat a stereotype the PC has a much rounder offering . It carries 50% amazingly well and the balance of sweet and sour is perfection its not all about the massive peaty punch. there isnt the raw saltiness of ardbeg either. i think the PC is worth the extra just because its that bit more special. this said i still wouldnt swap either for a springbank but thats a different story altogether. for me the PC is a must try

28th June 2019

Impressively balanced Whisky

The nose is quite fruity, sweet and extremely interesting. I would have guessed this is much lower than 50% ABV and enjoyed nosing for quite some time.

The Peat, sweet and sour balance in this Whisky is sensational. The mouth feel gives the tingling illusion of slight carbonation combined with the accent of white grape reminds me of champagne but with fortitude. The long mouth watering finish is alive and calmly oscillates between white pepper, salt and fruit.

Don't be afraid of the phenol rating because it is truly harmonious with the sweet and salty tones.

31st May 2019

Good 10yo Islay Peated Expression

Experience wise, it is a fairly good standard Islay malt. For an entry-level (10yo) it is rather good. Nevertheless, it is not substantially better than its Islay sibblings, for instance, Ardbeg 10. Surely, it is worth a full bottle purchase. However, you should be aware that there are other classic peaters that are just as good and more affordable.

15th April 2019

Decent but overpriced

Not as good as ardbeg 10 yet costs much more. It’s almost as expensive as the Uigeadail which is miles better. I’m glad they released a pc with an age statement as a standard offering but they also raised the price too much on it.

10th April 2019

FINAL notes.

+ Yellow fruit, also like a Caol Ila, honey melon, tangerines, orange peels, slight hint of blood orange, cloud berries. Hint of tobacco. whipped cream. FUDGE. nice and salty. sour bite. hint of black pepper on the finish. Well rounded. 'Smooth', if you will.

I said below that this was most reminiscent of an Ardbeg 10, but that was the neck pour (and with water added). The intensity of the peat and the fullness of the fruit both come out much more with air in the bottle.
I would ultimately compare this to a half and half, fruity, salty, nutty CAOL ILA / BOWMORE blend.


The End.

31st March 2019

RIGHT between Ardbeg and Caol Ila, tendning toward Ardbeg. Delicious.

NOT as dry on the palate as an Ardbeg, but drier on the nose. Big vanilla. Floral, but less vegetal than AbG. Custard. I do * not * get any real presence of iodine or medicinality here. Custardy cream-like mouthfeel. Pleasantly sweet. Well balanced. Luxurious and altogether delicious. Applause for true Craft!

Very, very close to the Ardbeg Ten. Perhaps a lighter-weight Ardbeg.

21st March 2019


Smoky, peaty. Insidious malt. Don't know where the orange comments come from. Maybe they've had orange stuff with or before. My second favourite after Jura

10th March 2019

A bit of a classic.

I don't usually drink whisky like this, but then it's not usually made as well as this. This has an authentically brash, young Islay tang, with lemon in the top note and a deeply satisfying, "pretzel" finish. But it is not harsh. Well worth buying, especially at this price.

27th February 2019

Nice on parts

I get a distinct lime / citrus flavour on the tongue. And not quite the smoke.

31st January 2019

Smooth, smokey..... Braw! 🥃

After only recently acquiring a taste for malt whisky, I found I enjoyed Laphroaig, and Ardbeg however this port charlotte 10year old is much smoother, nice and smokey more so than the Ardbeg.

20th December 2018


Absolutely wonderful or maybe sensational would describe this.

4th November 2018


Was in Strathaven Hotel today and asked for a Johnnie Walker Black Label told they had none barman suggested Port Charlotte said not a malt man took his advice and glad I did thoroughly enjoyed it to the tune that I had 2 large ones

16th October 2018

Worth trying

Nice dram, diluted Octomore MoM tasting nites nail it

12th September 2018

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