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October 8, 2013


Tasting the new official Tormore

We've had some very good indie Tormore not so long ago (that was on October 1), time to try the brand new officials.

Tormore 14 yo (43%, OB, batch #A13Q8, 2013)

Tormore 14 yo (43%, OB, batch #A13Q8, 2013) Three stars The latest official 12 'blue label' was a little underwhelming (WF 72), I'm sure this will be more to my liking. Colour: gold. Nose: very malty, coffee-ish and chocolaty, with touches of wood smoke. Then roasted nuts and a little honey, warm brioche, toasted bread, maybe a little chlorophyll... So it's all very 'toasted', which is pleasant. Mouth: easy malty profile, it reminds me of many a good blend, I have to say. Café latte, maple syrup (big here), pecan pie, oranges marmalade and candy sugar. Ultra-classic malty dram. Finish: surprisingly long and always very malty. Chicory, maybe ripe peaches. Comments: indeed, ultra-classic malty profile, certainly more to my liking (well, simply better) than earlier youngish official Tormores. We're not talking about the brilliant old 'white labels'. Exactly 80 points in my book. SGP:441 - 80 points.

Tormore 16 yo (48%, OB, batch #81307, 2013)

Tormore 16 yo (48%, OB, batch #81307, 2013) Three stars and a half Colour: gold. Nose: same style as the 14, just bigger and maybe a notch sappier. Same big notes of roasted nuts, pecans, peanuts, maybe chestnuts, then coffee and dark chocolate, hints of fresh putty and marzipan... Ovaltine? So same nice style again. Mouth: the 14 with more oomph, more orange marmalade, funny touches of tequila (I don't think I'm dreaming) and wee notes of prickly mustard. Maybe a few drops of plum eau-de-vie? Good body, the strength is perfect. Finish: really long and even maltier, with more spices in the aftertaste. Cinnamon, cloves, white pepper, a little ginger. Comments: a lot of coffee and malt again. SGP:451 - 83 points.

Tormore 28 yo 1984/2013 (52.5%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams)

Bonus: Tormore 28 yo 1984/2013 (52.5%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams) Four stars Colour: straw. Nose: as usual with the indies, this is closer to the spirit, with more fruits (greengages, plums in general, Seville oranges) and waxes and rather less nuts, coffee and toasted bread. It's very malty, though, and after ten minutes these notes of putty and chlorophyll do emerge, together with a little menthol, capsicum, white pepper... We're getting closer to the official 16 but this older one's more complex and less 'straightly malty'. With water: more oranges, zests, 'ideas' of plasticine. Mouth (neat): we're frankly above the officials, this one has more body and starts with playful notes of coconut and vanilla plus spices from the oak, around ginger and nutmeg. Very nice kumquats and then even more spices and bitter chocolate. With water: excellent. Calvados, ginger and cinnamon cake. Finish: long, with more zests and cinnamon. Mint-flavoured tea. Comments: a big spicy Tormore that really likes water. Excellent selection. SGP:561 - 87 points.

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