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Port Charlotte 18 Year Old

$199.99

OVERALL
RATING

9

Whisky Review: Port Charlotte 18 Year Old

Tasting Notes:

About:
Distilled from 100% Scottish mainland peated barley and laid down in 2004, it was matured in a combination of refill sherry casks (74%) and refill French oak wine casks (26%) before being bottled at 54.3% ABV after 18 age years of aging. It has 40 ppm and is priced at $199.99.
Appearance:
This has a lovely lighter golden amber hue in the glass, reflecting moderate legs and moderate viscosity.
Nose:
The strong peat and maritime influences are immediately noticeable on the nose, with intense aromatics of smokiness and brine. Underlying these are characteristics of sweet graham crackers, baked bread, cherry pie, dried figs, and a generous amount of dark chocolate.
Palate:
You’ll want to take it slow on considering the palate when you sip this, as the intensity of the peat quickly carries the flavor profile to a smoky beginning with a supporting note of sea salt. Once you get past this, it opens up with that luscious dark chocolate, sweet cherries, a nod of oak, some creme brulee, almond toffee, and a bit of dried leather.
Finish:
Oh, this is something on the finish. It’s got a really peaty final kick to say thanks for drinking me as it heads out the door after a lengthy period.
Comments:
There’s so much to like about the Port Charlotte 18 Year Old, be it the peaty aspects, the cask mix, or the 18 years of aging. This Scotch nails it, sitting in a sweet spot that showcases an expression at the top of its game. It’s classic and very well done.
Port Charlotte 18 Year Old review
We review Port Charlotte 18 Year Old, the oldest Scotch single malt expression from this part of Bruichladdich’s heavily peated line up ever to be released. (image via Bruichladdich)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whisky from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

The Port Charlotte line of Scotch single malt whiskies is an offering from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay in Scotland that finds itself in an interesting place in Bruichladdich’s line-up. It is nestled between the flagship Bruichladdich series, all of which are unpeated, and the Octomore bottlings, all super-heavily peated. Being “heavily” peated itself, the Port Charlotte’s smokiness can range to a hearty 40 ppm.

Drawing from grain grown on Islay, the Scottish mainland, or both, the Port Charlotte releases include a couple of age statement expressions, a vintage-dated bottling, and some one-off things. It is named after an Islay village two miles south of the distillery.

What’s in the bottle

Port Charlotte 18 Year Old, the focus of this review, is the oldest expression of this specific brand ever to be released. Distilled from 100% Scottish mainland peated barley and laid down in 2004, it was matured in a combination of refill sherry casks (74%) and refill French oak wine casks (26%) before being bottled at 54.3% ABV after 18 age years of aging.

“This is a special moment in my career and it’s a privilege to finally share our Port Charlotte 18 Year Old with the world,” said Bruichaddich head distiller Adam Hannett when this was released. “This is the oldest expression of Port Charlotte we’ve released to date and it’s a real marker in time. It showcases how far the brand has come since its inception in 2001. From uncertainty and the brink of closure, this spirit was laid down in 2004 while Bruichladdich Distillery found its feet, making its release today even more poignant. ”

Only 6,000 bottles were made for this release, which is natural-colored and un-chill-filtered. It costs $199.99.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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