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18 Sep 2012

Port Charlotte PC10

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bruichladdich

The heavily peated 40ppm Port Charlotte started as PC5 with a yearly follow-up. This year’s release has reached 10 years of age. There’s a limited yearly release at cask strength (59,8% named ‘Tro Na Linntean’) but afterwards it will be available as part of the core range as well, cut down to 46% (pictured below).


Port Charlotte PC10Port Charlotte 2001 ‘PC10’
(59,8%, OB 2012, 6000 btl.)

Nose: medium peat, with a very elegant combination of soot, linseed oil and nuts. Sugared almonds and walnuts. One of the first times that I notice clear oak in a Port Charlotte of this strength. Deeper inside there’s a malty sweetness with warm, ripe fruits and caramelizing sugar. Hints of mint too. The nicest PC nose so far. Mouth: oily start, takes a few seconds and then bursts on peat, roasted malt and vanilla biscuits. Some tar, ashes and pepper. Sweet fruits in the background. Good balance of earthy notes, sweetness and coastal notes. Finish: warm, long, half earthy, half honeyed, with embers of peat and a salt / lemon combo.

A very good peated dram. One to keep aside for when the winter returns. If you take the heavy price into account (around € 95), then Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength is a better buy.

Score: 88/100

Port Charlotte PC10 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-18
  • Michael

    Unfortunately, the Laproaigh CS is long gone…

  • WhiskyNotes

    Huh? There’s still Laphroaig CS… currently batch 004.

  • Michael

    Batch 4 is for the US market? – the other batches can be found in Germany at 66+ euros

  • WhiskyNotes

    Don’t know about the fourth batch, you can buy it from the distillery website in Europe as well.

  • Ricardo

    This one has been tough to get. Most UK sites sold out quickly. Supposedly the USA batch is on the boat. I’m just sitting here waiting to get a bottle.
    The regular 46% bottling will probably be easier to procure and the price will likely be more reasonable but I usually like cask strength better. Oh well. 8^(

  • Ricardo

    Well, fortunately I did get a bottle of this and I liked it very much. I’ve been following PC for many years so it was more out of curiosity I suppose but I do think the bottle was worth the effort.



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