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.

Bruichladdich PC11 Review

This is an 11 year malt from Bruichladdich’s numbered Port Charlotte series that is a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso maturations bottled at 59.5% ABV.

Nose: Heavy butyric acid notes with old rubber and pencil shavings, burnt hamburger bits, overripe bananas, and massive peat.

Palate: Super phenolic with burnt oak, pungent peat, cured meats, and heavy smoke.

Finish: Very earthy full of massive smoke and ashy peat.

Rating: 82/100 – Good, but a bit one dimensional. I wouldn’t have guessed that there was any Oloroso matured malt in here as the peat just dominates all around. I enjoyed the PC7 release quite a bit more.

Value for the money: This retailed for around $125+ and I think it’s a bit overpriced there compared to some staple peated drams e.g. Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg Uigedail, etc which outperform it in my opinion.

Bruichladdich PC7 Review

This is part 7 of the numbered Port Charlotte series from Bruichladdich. This expression was aged in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at 61% ABV.

Nose: Big, bold peat with heavy yeast and fresh dough notes. Maple syrup atop a bed of sheet cake and tres leches with some vanilla pudding and smoke in the background.

Palate: Extremely strong/pungent peat right up front paired with heavy burning leaves/dried grass smoke. Some lemon juice cuts through the smoke with some savory thyme seasoned burnt brisket ends and a bit of cotton.

Finish: Strong peat remains with malt chocolate and a dry smoke.

Rating: 90/100 – The first “PC” release I’ve tried, and it’s one that tends to get most of the hype in my experience (along with PC6). Quite good and way peatier than I was expecting – almost Octomore levels. Lots of interesting notes going on here though which is a pleasant surprise for such strong peat/smoke flavors.

Value for the money: You don’t see these at retail all too often anymore, but when you do, they tend to be around $160 in my experience. I’d pay that for a bottle of this, but not sure I’d pay a whole lot more.

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.