Whisky Advocate 93 points – TOP 20 WHISKIES OF 2018 #4 – After many limited releases, we finally have a permanent age-statement expression of Port Charlotte, with a satisfying number of years under its belt. Distilled from Scottish-grown barley, it is matured predominantly in first-fill American oak casks, along with second-fill American and second-fill French wine casks. It is peated to 40ppm, in line with other Islay heavy-hitters, but the peat is never a blunt instrument, retaining sufficient restraint to allow other characteristics-maritime notes, the sweetness of caramel, coconut, and orchard fruits-to shine through. -Gavin D Smith.December/2018
NOW THIS SPIRIT HAS REACHED ITS FIRST LANDMARK AGE – TEN YEARS. TEN SLOW YEARS MATURING IN OUR ISLAY WAREHOUSES, SOAKING UP THE “OZONE”-RICH MARINE AIR THAT BLOWS IN OFF THE ATLANTIC. AND, SIGNIFICANTLY, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE HAVE HAD THE LUXURY OF BEING ABLE TO OFFER AN AGE-STATEMENT PORT CHARLOTTE AS PART OUR CORE PORTFOLIO, RATHER THAN JUST A LIMITED EDITION. THIS 10-YEAR-OLD IS NOW HERE TO STAY – THE CLASSIC, ELEGANCE AND FINESSE OF BRUICHLADDICH SEAMLESSLY MARRIED WITH THE POWER AND PRESENCE OF HEAVY PEAT, LEFT TO MATURE SLOWLY AND UN-HURRIED FOR 10 ISLAY YEARS. VERY SPECIAL.