Port Charlotte 10 (The Maltman 2004/2015 Cask #936) Review

This is a 10 year Port Charlotte that was matrued in an ex-oloroso sherry cask and bottled by The Maltman at 53.1% ABV.

Nose: Big, thick sherry notes with underlying strong peat – motor oil, burning leaves, and a strong cantaloupe note.

Palate: Peat really opens up here taking over the sherry – it’s full of oak tannins and sultanas with some charcoal and grassy malt notes.

Finish: Cherries and figs with sawdust, pungent peat, and burnt barbecue meat bits.

Rating: 90/100 – A very solid Port Charlotte with a great balance of peat/sherry. I’m a sucker for sherry finished peated drams, and this one hits a lot of the right notes for me.

Value for the money: This retailed online for about €100 without VAT which was a great price in my opinion. I wouldn’t pay any more than $130 or so for a bottle.

Port Charlotte 13 (Rest & Be Thankful 2001/2015 64.6%) Review

This is a 13 year Port Charlotte aged in a sherry cask and bottled by Rest & Be Thankful at 64.6% ABV.

Nose: Powerful peat filled with candied apples, heavy pipe smoke, a nutty malt, and some overly ripe bananas.

Palate: Very strong peat again up front – reminiscent of an Octomore. More smoke and burnt, crispy bits of beef. The sherry influence is very negligible for me – strikes me as more of an ex-bourbon cask here.

Finish: Peat dominates every other note but lasts forever with a bit of dry oak.

Rating: 85/100 – I wish there was a bit more complexity here, but it’s just an in your face peat bomb for the most part.

Value for the money: I think this retailed around $180-$200, and I would gladly pass at that price. Much like Octomore, PCs can often be very overpriced in my book.