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Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

Average score from 8 reviews and 23 ratings 85

Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

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  • Brand: Port Charlotte
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Bottled: 2010

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@Victor
Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte An Turas Mor is a No Age Statement multivintage product. Many thanks to @WhiskyJoe for giving me the remaining 40% of a bottle, from which this review is taken. I do not know how long the bottle has been open

Nose: the intensity of peat and smoke are subtantial here, even with a long opened bottle. The peat combines both bitter and sweet flavours, and is very stimulative and attractive. Brine is also strongly in evidence. I get floral notes of carnation here, and nice supporting undertones of Bruichladdich's base malt. The malt shows mostly medium and lower range tones here, with just a few faint high pitches of the citrus type

Taste: the nose flavours do translate, but are more rounded and a little sweeter on the palate than in the nose. Compared to other Bruichladdich Port Charlottes, An Turas Mor is much more rounded, showing a loose bundle of peat-and-smoke-related flavours more than several distinct flavours

Finish: long, and by the end leaves a trail of smoke and peat which becomes progressively more bitter

Balance: An Turas Mor is a dram which offers a less pointed less intense experience than its Port Charlotte siblings. It is not quite as coherent as those other Port Charlottes either. Nonetheless, I am always happy to drink a dram of An Turas Mor. Those who like the smokey-peated Islay style will enjoy Port Charlotte An Turas Mor

I was quite curious about this one. Of course PC10 cask strength is long gone. Haven't read many review of it. I am less curious about the PC10 46% now that I've read your well informed review. If it didn't blow you away then I don't think I would care for it. You are much more of a peat fancier than me. As always, Victor, well done. A very civilized review to be sure.

Thanks again for another fantastic review. And thanks for sharing a dram with me! I really enjoyed it so thank you @WhiskyJoe! For me this is a bottle I would pick up at the right price.

@Volks

Mr ralfy.com reviewed this a quite while back stating it was a whisky for a more advanced pallet with a budget. I think that is the perfect description, this is an interesting and somewhat challenging whisky which ive been told is a vatting of the PC7 and PC8. Here are my notes

  • Nose: mustard seed, smoked ham and vintage cheddar, pears and apples with coastal notes and sooty peat. With water lots of continuation from the nose, but now there is a real BBQ character to the whisky also more of a wet hay thing going on.

  • Pallet: oily and kind of prickly mouth feel, more of the cheddar and ham from the nose, there is also some nice peat, chili and a bit of a grain whisky note going on. Tasted neat it’s, hot and nippy. With water citrus really comes through as does some honey which dampens some of the flavours nicely.

  • Finish: a pretty strange (and good combination) of green apple, dark chocolate and sooty cold smoke. With water much the same but more green apple

  • Mark neat – 8.6, with water 8.7

I wouldnt recommend this for a beginner, and it may be too advanced for me, but i enjoyed it none-the-less and given its price of ~105AUD its bloddy good value.

@squidboy007

This is one of the first NAS single malts I have tried. It was recommended to me as a peaty, smoky, intense scotch that I would probably go crazy for. The smoky smell was immediately FAR more intense that what I was expecting. It punched me in the sinuses with ultra-spicy smoke, and afterwards, a bit of peat and a campfire. Unlike some other scotches like this, it didn't have much of a smell beyond this. The palate was beautifully warm and spicy, and it didn't have the "coldness" of Talisker- it was like a sunny day, maybe even an especially hot day at sea.
But again- not much taste beyond this initial feeling. It was definitely good, and suitably intense, but many of the scotches I admire pull back their assault to reveal a more complex, mysterious character, while this was more of an (admittedly exciting) assault on the senses. This could be the norm for NAS malts, next up for me might be the Bowmore Legend. With this one, try it before you buy it. :)

@markjedi1

An Turas Mor is Gaelic for ‘The Great Journey’ with which the makers refer to the coming of age of this malt, i.e. the journey towards 10 years old. This release from 2010 differs significantly from previous and subsequent releases. First, it is a multi-vintage blend (sources claim they did not have enough 9 Year Old PC to bottle at the time) and second, it is not bottled at cask strength.

The nose is very coastal, as if the briny sea water is spayed into your face. Soft peat. Soft are also the hints of vanilla and apples. Some blue cheese and stale beer. The predominant aromas, however, are stable and wet hay.

The palate is somewhat oily and feisty, with mostly dry peat and sea salt. Some fruit, but that remains in the background. Olive oil and even a hint of tar.

The medium long finish is smoky with quite a sweet twist. The bourbon cask rears its head primarily in the finish.

Port Charlotte is for peatfreaks. This one is very quaffable and affordable (about 42 EUR).

Could our impressions of this whisky have been any more similar, @markjedi1?! See my review for a comparison: connosr.com/reviews/port-charlotte/…

Interestingly, those 'farm' notes you mention (stable, wet hay) came to predominate in my bottle, too, but only after I had drunk about half of the contents.

I have bottles of PCs 5 through 8, but haven't opened them yet. I'm excited to do so (especially after your and others' reviews), but I'm actually taking a bit of a peat break these days—Octomore 2.2, Big Peat, and a bottle of Longrow Gaja Barolo are the only heavily peated whiskies I currently have open. I'm sure I'll come back around to the great world of peat again soon, though.

@Max

After tasting some Islay-like blends I was eager to try something really Islay. So I went to liquor store to get a bottle of Islay malt. I was advised to take Port Charlotte An Turas Mor. Boy, was I not disappointed!

@chrisrbarrett

Nose is more striking than the Prophecy with plenty of iodine and peat flavour. Some sweetness. Flavours are rich with a touch of bitterness and lemon rind. Finish returns to the start with a touch of peat.

@dbk

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.

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.

Fair enough, @galg. To each their own : )

As for the GlenDronach, others might fancy it more than myself: connosr.com/reviews/glendronach/…

@WTC

Nose: Victorian London, all sooty smoke, smoggy, with an assortment of aromas from stale fish and over ripe fruit to cooking fires. Palate: Sweet at first, balanced and easy with gooseberries poached in cream, then the trademark smoke and peat but not as fierce and aggressive as in the past. You're expecting Jack The Ripper, you get the Artful Dodger. Get over it though, because it's a beauty. Finish: Peat, pear and fgreen fruit, in an enjoyable but pussy cat finish.

the above are dominic's notes, this is in our regions of scotland tasting. The score is the current club average.

Other comments: "Despite lacking the mega PC kick of the previous PCs, on the taste this has a long, full on peat finish which has the true peat chili type magnifying effect. This is an excellent whisky, I want to put it head to head with Ardbeg 10 (thats how much I like it). I think this is an excellent development and expect to have this in on a regular basis. "

"This reminds me a of a peated Bunnahabhain. It's not like an Ardbeg or a Laphroaig, where you can tell the identity of the distillery from the underlying signature of the spirit but it's very good and well worth the price."

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