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Review: Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte) PC7

February 7th, 2009

I reviewed the new PC7. Then, I tasted it next to PC5 and PC6. Here are my thoughts. 

Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte) PC7, 61%, $150
Aged in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak.  Bold and fresh, bursting with testosterone. Notes of damp kiln smoke, tar, wet sheep, roasted chestnuts, and pine forest bedding, along with more subtle pear, expresso, anise, and brine. Sweet notes of vanilla, fig cake and maple syrup serve up balance and complexity. Appetizing brine and tar finish. It’s more mature than last year’s PC6. Earthier and less fruity too! Plus, I feel that the sherry notes in PC7 integrate better than the madeira notes from PC6. But my favorite still is the original PC5 for its purity, balance, maturity (for its age) and pristine character.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 89

9 Responses to “Review: Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte) PC7”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    What do think about the price point of the PC’s, John? Is it justified by the quality of the whisky? Would it be cool with you if there were a general trend toward all distilleries releasing well crafted, very young whiskies for 100-200$’s?

    By the way, the new site looks nice. One thing though: If you click directly on the red words, “What Does John Know,” a garbled bunch of text only source code is opened instead of the normal blog.

    • John Hansell says:

      Hi Red, Yep, that’s a lot of money for a young whisky. But it is cask strength, so that helps to defray costs a little bit.

      Today we also decided to upgrade my blog software and there was a disconnect. If you go directly to my blog, you’re okay, but if you try to go through the MA website, there’s an issue. We’ll get it resolved soon.

  2. Lucas says:


    I can totally see where you’re coming from. It makes you think, doesn’t it? I am a student living of very little income and won’t be able to afford a bottle of that probably for years to come. And it really bugs me.

    But the laws of economy are clear. If there is a lot of people who want to buy product of limited availability, the price will climb ridiculously. Shame:(

    Will get my hands on somebody else’s bottle soon though, so no more tears;P

  3. Todd says:

    The PC6 is still on the shelf. If the PC7 piles up as well, demand will force a price correction. I’d buy this whisky at $70-80. $150? I’ll pass.

  4. Greg says:

    Would you buy it for $90, Todd? That’s what it costs at this site (plus shipping – just under 10 to NYC.)

  5. Pat says:


    It’s my understanding that the PC-7 was aged fully in ex-bourbon oak, so no sherry. Am I mistaken here? Also, to the why is it so expensive crowd, as a retailer I’ve had no trouble explaining to even the most skeptical consumer the extra expense in operating as an independent distiller. They lack the synergies that a Diageo or Pernod or Edrington.Just a few more points; Islay malt, distilled, aged,bottled on Islay, etc. This should be easy to understand for the kind of folks that read and comment on this board. If not, keep drinking whisky that was aged and bottled in Glasgow, more real Islay malt for the rest of us.
    All the best,
    Kessler Liquors NYC

  6. John Hansell says:

    Kessler, yes you are mistaken. I belive maybe the PC-5 was all bourbon, but PC-6 was aged for a time in Madiera and PC-7 was aged for a time in sherry.

  7. Pat says:

    Sorry John,

    PC-5 Bourbon/Fresh Sherry, PC-6 Bourbon/Madeira, PC-7 Bourbon. A quick review of the BDC website cleared this up for me.


  8. Hello Pat,

    John is right, the PC7 was also aged in sherry cask – here at 4:20min Jim McEwan says it himself.



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