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14 Sep 2013

Tormore 1998 (G&M for The Whisky Mercenary)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tormore

The 21st of September, a new release selected by The Whisky Mercenary will be available in stores. It is a Tormore 1998 single cask in the Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive series.

 

 

Tormore 1998 G&M for The Whisky MercenaryTormore 14 yo 1998 (50%, G&M Exclusive for The Whisky Mercenary 2013, first fill bourbon barrel #1586, 277 btl.)

Nose: a modern profile. Plenty of vanilla custard and cake. Frosties. Hints of sweetened lemon juice and gooseberries. Evolves towards more candied fruits (pineapple cubes) but on the whole it’s not really a fruit bomb. A dollop of honey. Subtle oak, herbs and a few grassy notes as well. Mouth: sweet and juicy. Quite powerful as well, with a profile that echoes much older BenRiachs. Pears, pineapple and pink grapefruit. Some biscuity notes. Towards the end it returns to grass and a tangy herbal / bitter tonic combination that’s less appealing in my opinion. Finish: medium length, still sweet, but with a growing grassiness and soft bitterness.

On the nose I thought I had seen it all before: well-made but nothing special. However on the palate it does surpass the usual, modern, first fill bourbon profile. A nice, affordable daily dram. Around € 65.

Score: 86/100

Tormore 1998 (G&M for The Whisky Mercenary) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-09-14

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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