With Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year, we have a usually readily available (at least for me) and award-winning 10 year old Islay Scotch that was ranked #4 in Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2018 and received Double Gold at the 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition. Usually, these types of whiskies tend to start flying off the shelves and either be very difficult to find or heavily marked up, but for some reason Port Charlotte 10 Year hasn’t had either happen, so lucky us.
As frustratingly secretive Scotch-makers can be, it’s refreshing to see Bruichladdich attempt some level of transparency in disclosing the blend, so below is the breakdown of the blend.
– 65% 1st fill American whiskey casks (probably bourbon)
– 10% 2nd fill American whiskey casks (probably bourbon)
– 25% 2nd fill French wine casks (unclear if it’s red or white wine)
I visited the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay in 2015 and came away very impressed with the distillery and Islay itself. Islay is such a small, quiet, and beautiful place that lets the Scotch age in peace surrounded by salty ocean, refreshing air, and gorgeous scenery; you might even call it paradise. I’ll stop reminiscing now and get down to business in this Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Scotch review.
Thanks to Ryan B. for this birthday gift. Sorry for taking so long to do this review.