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Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

The Coast in Winter

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@dbkReview by @dbk

24th Feb 2011

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An Turas Mor is the latest release from Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte line of Scotch malt whisky, one of two alternative brands produced by the distillery (the other being the heavily peated Octomore). Unlike previous releases of Port Charlotte, An Turas Mor is a “multi-vintage” release, apparently because Bruichladdich lacked a sufficient amount of 9 year-old Port Charlotte—the previous releases having run sequentially from 5 to 8 years of age—for the subsequent age statement. And, also unlike previous Port Charlotte releases, An Turas Mor is bottled at 46% rather than at cask strength.

The nose is spectacularly coastal, much like diving into fresh (rather than stale) salt water. There are big, beautiful notes of sea air, gentle peat, vanilla, applewood smoked cheddar, and tar.

On the palate, it is again briskly coastal, as if one has taken a gulp of light, crisp, fresh salt water. There is also marshmallow, vanilla, iodine, tar, and olive brine. The finish imparts a considerable bourbon cask influence along with smoked cheddar. All in all, it is a uniquely refreshing experience.

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6 comments

@galg
galg commented

you prefer this to PC6-8? i love those! this seems so, light. ;)

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

I haven't made a comparison to the PCs 6 to 8 yet, though I will in good time. I know you're joking about the "lightness" of the An Turas Mor, but I hear that the drop from cask strength to 46% has been reflected in lesser sales. I think people are missing out, as it is utterly drinkable at this ABV and the price is more than commensurate with the lower strength: relative to the PC 8, for instance, the ABV has been reduced by 14.5%, but the price has been reduced by a whopping 43% according to The Whisky Exchange prices and an even more impressive 49% here in Ontario. I think it's a solid value.

9 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

well, i loved the OOOMPH of the PC8... so I don't think i'd buy this one .rather pay more for the ABV... did you check out my blog? fancy a dronach 15? (u can win it this wk)

9 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

yes, but u gave it a 82. any whisky in that range is worth having ;)

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

It is, is it? ; )

9 years ago 0

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