Thanks to /u/the_muskox for this sample.
Wow, it’s been a while. I got a bit behind.
A while back someone asked me about the difference in the batches/editions of Port Charlotte 10. I had previously stated the reason it was released due to how good PC10 was.
Confused yet? Welcome to drinking Bruichladdich. There’s the PC series, which were limited, and then there’s the full name Port Charlotte 10, which are higher release numbers but turns out are limited too.
Anyway, they asked about Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 (3rd Edition) and I realized I haven’t had it yet. So months later I’m finally writing a review.
Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: $109.95 CAD at the LCBO
Edition 3rd Edition
Colour: 7.5Y 9/4
Nose: Custard, smoke, lemon, brine
Nice eggy, sweet note on the nose. A good amount of smoke, it attempts some balance with acidity and salt. Really custard takes the stage here, like the 11th Doctor.
Taste: Smoke, custard, vegetal, cocoa, brine
More smoke, but changes to custard and vegetal/earthy sweet notes. Brine. So again, fish sticks and custard, like the 11th Doctor.
Not that strong. It’s more of a brine/salt note then fish. Don’t want another crazy person commenting about a fish note.
Finish: Pear, smoke, mesquite, farmy, rosemary, brine
Long finish, and really farmy. Sadly it’s lost that custard note. On the upside, I really liked the finish. It grows from earth/simpler notes and you get more and complexity. Not to mention it goes on a long time.
Conclusion: Finish/Custard elements are the best parts, rest misses the mark. It felt younger, simpler, and overall less put together than previous releases of this Scotch.
So if you like eggy pudding and brine, then I’ve got one for you. Given the chance? I’d buy either of the previous releases over this one, though it was still nice to sip on.
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