Review: Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Port Charlotte 1.jpg
10 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

Port Charlotte is Bruichladdich's heavily peated line, though not as peated as their ultra peated Octomore line. Bruichladdich is a distillery which genuinely cares about the character of the barley that they put into their expressions, often making bottlings from barley sourced from a single farm, just from Islay, or just from Scotland. The distillers believe it makes a difference. This Port Charlotte is a standard of the brand, while there are also other cask strength limited editions often found in travel retail.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L32393 14/110 44 10 04 14

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Burning, phenolic peat and smoke - medicinal, vegetal, and interesting. We also have apple, fresh apricot, and some jamminess and butter bringing in complexity amidst the peat. A bit of rubber too. The palate brings quite a sharp, quick burst of smoke balanced with sweetness and vanilla before slowly drying out and lending even more dryness and smoke. This is very enjoyable, though perhaps a bit flat in places. The dryness works so well with the peat!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average.