Port Charlotte is not only a village 2 miles south of Bruichladdich; it is also what Bruichladdich decided to name their heavily peated line. It pays homage to the once working but now silent Lochindaal distillery, which produce whisky for about one hundred years.
The Port Charlotte 10 year 2nd edition is one of six under the Port Charlotte range. It was released in 2016 and only 18,000 bottles were produced. The 10-year whisky is matured in first fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks.
Nose: peat smoke, cloves, vanilla and caramel
Palate: vanilla, caramel, peat and hints of fruit
Finish: oak and peat smoke
It starts of sweet with notes of vanilla/caramel hitting your tongue, and you might be momentarily deceived for a few seconds wondering where the peat is, but then you get hit with a smoke bomb. This is the point where you are going, wow. You are either loving it or you are not. Peaty and smoky whiskies speak to me so personally I loved it!
After you fully experience all the notes you get in one sip, it is then that you finally appreciate the complexity, finesse and elegance that went to creating this whisky.
If you are a person that stays clear of heavily peaty whiskies, then this is not the whisky for you. But if you do love these kinds of whiskies, then I do recommend trying. It is sweet, bold, amazing and definitely not for the faint of heart.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.