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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.