Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Review
In the whiskey world, the Isle of Islay (pronounced “EYE-luh”) just off the west coast of Scotland is world famous for producing peated whiskeys. This tiny island is only 25 miles long and is home to 9 whiskey distilleries, with more on the way. With a population of only around 3,000, whiskey is woven into the history, culture and tapestry of life on Islay.
Similar to how Champagne can only be labeled as such if it comes from the Champagne region in France, Islay has its own similar special appellation. In order for a whiskey to be labeled with the designation “Islay” on the bottle, the Scotch Whiskey Regulations state that it must be distilled only on the Isle of Islay. This means that with a little smart marketing, that whiskey you’re used to drinking may not be as “Islay” as you think. But a distillery on the island, created in 1881, Bruichladdich is redefining what it means to be an Islay Scotch whiskey.
A progressive distillery rooted in a commitment to authenticity and passion for their product and their community, Bruichladdich believes that “an Islay whiskey should be as simple as possible”. While the other guys are just distilling the island to get their designation, Bruichladdich infuses the island every step of the way, making Islay provenance important and not just the smoky, peaty and marine whiskey flavor profiles it is associated with. Not only Bruichladdich use Islay spring water and 100% Scottish barley, but their whiskey is also distilled Islay, matured Islay and bottled Islay. No other distillery on the island can make these claims, which outsource most stages of the whiskey-making process on the mainland to mature and bottle in undisclosed facilities.
Port Charlotte 10 by Bruichladdich is the ultimate affordable Islay style whiskeyWhile Bruichladdich‘s Port Charlotte 10 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, named after a town on the Isle of Islay, and aged for 10 years, is less well known in the United States than other heavily peated Islay whiskeys, it is starting to make waves. Although considered heavily peaty with a 40 PPM phenol measure (heavily peated is something over 30 parts per million) which quantifies how much peat smoke flavor was imparted to the whiskey, Port Charlotte has a subtle sweetness. and a smooth smoke that is superior to other products on the island. Not all peated whiskeys taste as strong as their score, and Port Charlotte 10 does. Sweet but complex, beginners and connoisseurs of peaty style whiskeys will appreciate this bottle.
What to expect from the flavor of Port Charlotte 10 Islay whiskeyEverything from peated Scottish barley and Islay spring water to the dry and salty coastal climate, to aging in American oak whiskey and French wine casks, contributes to the flavor of Port Charlotte. 10 making a special whiskey that you will definitely want to add to your collection. Artificial coloring is never added to their whiskey.
A little sweet salty and salty, here are some of the flavors and notes you can expect in Port Charlotte 10:
Port Charlotte 10: Islay single malt. 10 years old, 50% ABV.
Origin of barley: 100% Scottish barley from Inverness
Traffic jam: Bottling on site with Islay spring water, No artificial color added (ever), unfiltered
Peat: Peaty at 40
Barrels:. 65% first fill “American whiskey” barrels, 10% “second fill American whiskey” barrels, 25% second fill French wine barrels. Note: The first fill casks will give the whiskey the most distinctive flavor characteristics of the previous liquid.
How to serve: A copita whiskey glass
In the nose: Light aroma of ocean mist, oak, subtle smoke with waves of golden caramel, fudge, vanilla cream, with hints of sea salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves.
In mouth: Sweet honey finish and soft texture with light flavors of citrus, apple, chocolate and vanilla, smoky malt and dark caramel.
The end: Malted barley, fudge, orange, mango, banoffee pie and a hint of oak. Subtle smoke with hints of ripe apple and apricot.
Price (US): $ 55- $ 75 depending on region and availability.What foods to accompany with Port Charlotte 10
If you love smoked meats, barbecue and oysters, Port Charlotte is definitely worth your time and drink. While many whiskey aficionados prefer to drink whiskey on its own, the foodie in me loves to experiment by associating anything with food. Adding a little water to your tea just before tasting it can help the scotch open up and make it more user-friendly. These food and wine pairings are just recommendations and in the end, if you like them, it’s true.
Try pairing these foods with Port Charlotte 10BBQ, grilled, smoked and roasted meats
The smokiness of the whiskey goes wonderfully with the same smokiness found in grilled foods and roasted meats. The lamb is particularly charming. They should be subtly seasoned and not loaded with sugary sauces. I tried it with a perfectly roasted roast chicken and it was really delicious. Avoid garlic as it does not play well with whiskey in general. Try adding a few splashes to your marinade before you grill it.
Seafood: oysters, salmon and sushi
With its marine qualities, citrus notes and subtle smoke, Port Charlotte 10 goes wonderfully with salmon and grilled oysters (raw or grilled). Try adding a few drops to the oyster shell before sipping the brine. Or sip the brine, then the whiskey, then eat the oyster and finish with another sip. Also try it on your next sushi night. Pairing it with a unagi (grilled freshwater eel) roll is a sure win.
Whiskeys are known to go well with chocolate. When you pair Port Charlotte 10, go for dark and semi-sweet chocolate. A flourless chocolate cake and dark fondant brownies would be great dessert options.
Bold blue cheeses
It’s best to pair a smoked whiskey like Port Charlotte 10 with a bolder flavored cheese. Try a bold blue variety like Roquefort or Stilton whose salty bite can balance the smokiness of the whiskey on your palate. Gorgonzola would also be a great choice.
For a crunchy snack, try toasted almonds or pistachios. For a little variety and flavor contrast, try a lightly smoked almond.
Watch the documentary: “Scotch: a golden dream”!
Watch the 2018 documentary film Scotch: a golden dream for a true understanding of the passion, hard work, culture and tradition that characterizes the production of Scotch Whiskey from barley to the bottle.
The superpower of Bruichladdich’s whiskey is its commitment to transparency and the incredible passion and pride they put into their product. But it’s what you sip from their bottles that will keep you coming back for more. With great accessibility for beginners and sophisticated complexity that connoisseurs will love, grab a bottle of Port Charlotte 10 before it sells out.
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