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October 1, 2013


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Tormore first fill bourbon vs. sherry

Tormore can be very fruity while remaining relatively fat - or maybe it's the other way around. Many enthusiasts remember the old 10 white label with tears in their eyes.

Tormore 14 yo 1998/2013 (50%, Gordon & MacPhail, Exclusive for the Whisky Mercenary, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #1586, 277 bottles)

Tormore 14 yo 1998/2013 (50%, Gordon & MacPhail, Exclusive for the Whisky Mercenary, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #1586, 277 bottles) Four stars Colour: straw. Nose: indeed, it's one of these relatively fatty/waxy Tormores, while at the fruit department we find a lot of apples of all kinds. Behind that, some hay, paraffin, waxed papers, and a very pleasant greenness, maybe from newish oak. Between green tea and wormwood. There's some vanilla and a little pineapple too but it does not scream 'hey, I'm here!' as much as in other modern 1st fill bottlings. With water: it's the fresh fruitiness that becomes louder. Fruit salad with a little honey and quite some oranges. Also roses. Mouth (neat): a bit of biting oak in the arrival (quite some white pepper), then apples unfolding - so to speak - both acidic and sweet. It's powerful whisky! Then more grapefruits, tonic water and, again, green tea. With water: some tropical fruits emerging. This baby swims like a champ. Finish: clean and quite long. A fruit salad with a little cinnamon. Comments: I was afraid water would let the oak come out more, it's the opposite that happens. SGP:651 - 87 points.

Tormore 1988/2012 (55.4%, Malts of Scotland, sherry butt, cask #MoS 12043)

Tormore 1988/2012 (55.4%, Malts of Scotland, sherry butt, cask #MoS 12043) Four stars I liked sister cask #12041 quite a lot (WF 87). Colour: amber. Nose: well, this baby's got nothing to do with the 1998, it's much more tertiary and herbal/gamy. I find a lot of lovage and liquorice, tobacco (including a newly opened pack of menthol cigarettes - as far as I can remember) and then rather dry kinds of raisins, not too sweet or aromatic. With water: unusual. A lot of balsamic vinegar and maybe sage and bay-leaves. Loud chamomile as well, maybe a little church incense. Mouth (neat): very rich, oily, with bags of pepper and raisins, then caramelised apples and a little tobacco again (coming out of an untipped Gauloise!) Maybe a little pastis too. With water: more tobacco, this time with dark chocolate. Maybe black cherries too? Finish: long and pleasantly dry. Reminds me what some used to call 'dry' oloroso. Walnut wine and bitter herbal liqueurs in the aftertaste. Comments: not just the average sherry monster, this one's pleasantly different and, above everything, perfectly balanced. Not all sherry monsters are. Same score as the bourbon for me and, bizarrely, same SGP. SGP:651 - 87 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Tormore I've tasted so far

 

Whiskyfun fav of the month

September 2013

Favourite recent bottling:
Glenfarclas 1953/2013 'The Coronation' (51.1%, Specialty Drinks, crystal decanter, 60 bottles)  - WF 93

Favourite older bottling:
Clynelish 23 yo 1966/1989 (51.7%, Cadenhead for Nidaba, 90 bottles) - WF 97

Favourite bang for your buck bottling:
Ardbeg 'Uigeadail' (54.2%, OB, +/-2013)  - WF 92

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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