The last time I reviewed some Bruichladdich/PC bottles It didn’t finished that well, so today I’ll give them another round without any wine cask around!
Port Charlotte 14yo 2004-2019 (53.4%, Dramfool, Feis Ile 2019, 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead, 299 bottles)
Nose: Smoked meat, gentle peat, ashes, leather, dust and tannins.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is good. The flavours are intense and the texture quite oily, creamy. Smoked meat again, ashes, tannins, berries, white pepper and hints of some coastal notes as iodine, sea salt and brine in the background.
Finish: Long. Smoke, ashes, sweet berries, tannins and dark chocolate.
This bottling is really good, not very complex but highly effective and easily quaffable.
Port Charlotte 12yo 2003-2016 (65.9%, SMWS, Cantina Mexicana, 2nd Fill Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask #127.44, 588 bottles)
Colour: Dark gold.
Nose: Fudge, caramel, leather, farmy peat, smoke and some kind of BBQ cooked meat coated with BBQ sauce. It evolves a lot.
Sometime the ripe figs and the balanced sherry are dominant and sometimes it’s the BBQ meat and smoke. Really nice!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is quite good given the ABV but you can clearly feel the warmness of the alcohol.
Meat, caramel, salt and cocoa at first then it evolves some smoked meat with BBQ sauce notes. Nice harmony again!
Finish: Long. Ripe figs and sea salt with cocoa and ashes on the background that will lasts even after the figs and salt disappears.
It’s a really good dram with different layers of complexity. I could have scored one more point if the alcohol integration was better.
Port Charlotte 11 yo 2002-2013 (54.7%, Maltbarn, sherry cask, 78 bottles)
Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Meat, leather, candied oranges, dusty books, farmy peat and smoke with some brine, salt and iodine in the background. It’s not a sherry bomb this time and it still works really well.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect. It’s oily. There are coastal notes at first with also the freshness of the citruses. Then come the dark chocolate, wood smoke, orange peels and tannins that adds quite a bit of dryness.
Finish: Long. Wood smoke with hints of candied oranges and tannins. Really nice balance of sweetness and dryness.
This dram profile is clearly different than the two others, it’s not a sherry bomb at all and it lacks a bit of complexity too but the perfect balance of sweet and dry aromas is quite stunning. Good job!
Those three bottlings are really good even if the styles and profiles differ. Those more classic bottlings of Bruichladdich/PC are in fact way more enjoyable than the strange winy whiskies I tried last time. At least it’s my opinion! What’s yours?
Link to part 2