Tormore may not be a sexy name, and a pretty strange distillery if you judge it by its architectural qualities, yet I did have a few pleasant surprises when trying their whiskies. Here’s a Tormore 1997 bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.
Tormore 1997 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail ‘Connoisseur’s Choice’ 2014)
Nose: rather fresh, with garden fruits, hints of tangerines and fig compote. Light honey. Lemon and mint. It shows a lot of vanilla after a while.
Mouth: creamy and fruity, with honey and some lightly tropical fruits. Mango, banana, sweet grapefruits and peaches. Nice sweet and sour balance, with some cinnamon and pepper to add weight.
Finish: medium long, quite malt, with apples, tobacco and cinnamon. Lightly drying oak too.
A very fine Speysider, which shows the tropical notes that come along with good American oak. Certainly better than expected – very good card players whisky: empty in no time. Around € 75.