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January 4, 2022


Tormore at random

Tormore at random as we typically like to do that, one by one and as they arrive out of the containers and off the cabinets, with none type of logic. For extra enjoyable.

Tormore 27 yo 1992/2020 (43.7%, Berry Bros. & Rudd for Kirsch Import, Odessa Black Wine cask, cask #101153)

Tormore 27 yo 1992/2020 (43.7%, Berry Bros. & Rudd for Kirsch Import, Odessa Black Wine cask, cask #101153) Four stars

I’d suppose the wine was a kind of thickish Crimeans, Massandra-style. Or, sure, PX-style. Let’s examine if that is for the Czars amongst us… Color: between apricots and correct Scottish smoked salmon. Nostril: touches of cellar earth and saltpetre at first, whereas peonies and nectarines are quickly to leap to your nostrils. Peaches, raisins, prickly pears and cranberry juice, bruised bananas, crystallised cherries and liquorice allsorts, then candy gentle mustard sauce, walnut wine, moist gingerbread, and only a wee contact of tar… Mouth: candy and really fruity, we’re nearly in gewurztraminer territory. Some cherry jam, extra cranberries, honeysuckle, a bit of banana liqueur… Would turn into meady after a short time, with a bit of pine resin too. Cough syrup. End: medium, fairly wealthy however the citrus hold it contemporary. Figs and muscat grapes, plus oranges within the aftertaste. Oranges will save the world. Feedback: a fairly scary set-up that ended very effectively. I am actually happy with this one ans shall now test what that Odessa Black Wine actually is. I do know I am turning this job inside out.

SGP:741 – 87 factors.

Tormore 22 yo 1995/2018 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, hogshead, cask #20035)

Tormore 22 yo 1995/2018 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, hogshead, cask #20035) Four stars and a half

Color: gold. Nostril: first whiffs of wooden smoke, then an impeccable fruitiness (orchard fruits, plums and apples…) and what we name oriental pastries, that are all led by honey, orange blossom and rosewater. A giant fats honey cake straight from the oven and a few preserved mirabelles that might remind me of middle-aged Balvenie. Now, there are hardly 15 miles between Tormore and Dufftown, which is sort of a 7 hour drive. In fact I am joking, that might fairly be twenty minutes. Mouth: actual good, candy, fairly wealthy and syrupy, stuffed with liqueurs, jams and syrups. I am going to point out mirabelles once more, quinces, and definitely figs. Excellent and the 46% vol. work extraordinarily effectively. End: fairly lengthy, with a wee smokiness as soon as extra (botrytis?) and simply extra mirabelle jam. Extra citrus within the aftertaste. Feedback: some bottled sin that might have a tendency to leap into your throat when you’re not cautious. I discover this actually wonderful.

SGP:641 – 88 factors.

Tormore 31 yo 1990/2021 (50.2%, Chapter 7, bourbon barrel, 239 bottles)

Tormore 31 yo 1990/2021 (50.2%, Chapter 7, bourbon barrel, 239 bottles) Four stars and a half

Color: gold. Nostril: sameish, splendidly fruity, western, maybe with a bit of extra pastry dough, contemporary brioche, in any other case certainly, mirabelles, quinces and orange blossom water. With water: vegetal oils, peanut oil, croissants… Mouth (neat): fairly elegant, and completely different this time. Recent damaged branches, white asparagus, sunflower oil, mirabelles, earl gray, marzipan, blancmange, bananas… Elegant, actually elegant. It would not really want any water, however since we’re right here and since our shares of Vittel have been replenished… With water: pure, attractive, distinctive malty barleyness, and only a few gritty, leafier components. Inexperienced tea, unsweetened, and inexperienced bananas. End: maybe a notch much less ‘wow’ due to all this inexperienced tea, in any other case it might have made it to 90 in my wee guide. Feedback: this, I suppose, is the place blenders would have added a bit of oomph utilizing 15% youthful Tormore. However you then would have misplaced the stunning age assertion and would have needed to provide you with each a foolish identify and an unlikely story. An elf roaming the warehouses at night time, etcetera.

SGP:551 – 88 factors.

Tormore 31 yo 1990/2021 (53%, Whisky Spunge, 1st fill barrels, 422 bottles)

Tormore 31 yo 1990/2021 (53%, Whisky Spunge, 1st fill barrels, 422 bottles) Four stars and a half

The Sponge’s, I imply the Spunge’s tackle retro labelling. What is going to future generations of whisky lovers assume and imagine after they’ll see this as They’re going to say it is a pretend since they’ve written Spunge as a substitute of Sponge. Now if this awful web site continues to be up, they’re going to discover the reply. Color: gold. Nostril: this can be a fairly breadier providing, whereas the core would have remained totally on orchard fruits, plums, apples… Brioche-y bread operating the present. Brioche-y bread is ideal with foie gras when toasted. Then some mentholy lemons, which might simply raise it, and maybe touches of candied turnips in olive oil and honey sauce. With water: gooseberries and greengages! Mouth (neat): richer, waxier than the earlier 1990, fatter as effectively. Beeswax, mead, Meursault and mirabelles. I agree there’s not a throwaway right here. With water: will get wilder, earthier, and waxier but. End: fairly lengthy. Extra rustic, fermentary, and with extra stewed apples. A contact of coconut within the aftertaste – there, down twenty factors. I am joking. Feedback: superb. Cautious with water although, do not add a couple of or two drops or it might react bizarrely.

SGP:551 – 88 factors.

We’re fairly on a stroll, are we not? Let’s test an OB…

Tormore 16 yo (48%, OB, +/-2020)

Tormore 16 yo (48%, OB, +/-2020) Four stars

There are batch numbers however I’ve missed that one this time. Final time I attempted the 16 that was a ‘2014’ and I actually favored it (WF 83) even when we had been removed from the indies we have simply tried. Color: gold. Nostril: very good, on patchouli, IPA, hops, tangerines and custard. There’s one thing ooh-ah right here, or as we might say in Mittelleuropa, one thing with fairly some hoppla. Think about, there are even mangos! Mouth: hey however that is wonderful. Great syrupy tropical fruits, flowers (lime), honey, citrons, mangos certainly, and a sense of… each Bushmills and Redbreast. Is that standard? Is that me? End: lengthy, with all the time as many tropical fruits led by mangos. Juicyfruit. Feedback: proper, Tormore belongs to Pernod and so does Redbreast… There could be a plot there… Nevertheless it’s a beautiful drop for positive, this newer batch of Tormore 16. Oh and do not Pernod personal mango fields? The plot thickens…

SGP:641 – 87 factors.

Tormore 28 yo 1992 (47.3%, Thompson Brothers, refill hogshead, 252 bottles, +/-2020)

Tormore 28 yo 1992 (47.3%, Thompson Brothers, refill hogshead, 252 bottles, +/-2020) Five stars

Love the label, it makes me consider Del Maguey’s mezcals. It is true that with international warming, they’re going to quickly develop magueys/agaves round Ballindalloch, in addition to in Dornoch for that matter. Color: gold. Nostril: that is purer, fairly all on peaches, bananas, mangos and honeys, however not in a wham-bam approach. Great however having mentioned that, it is obtained an Irish facet as effectively. A bit of sandalwood and incense. Mouth: pure certainly, even when there is a saltiness rising right here, sardines stewed in mango and blood orange juice, pink grapefruits, small seashells (whelks and winkles)… This positive comes surprising, this a lot coastalness in a Tormore! Completely fantastic cask. What was in there earlier than they crammed the Tormore, I do not know. It could be cool to know. End: medium, excellent. Salty citrus and maracuja, with some liquorice within the aftertaste. Feedback: we have discovered a 90, so our soul is tranquillo however our coronary heart continues to be keen… Superb drop, effectively accomplished Phil and Simon.

SGP:552 – 90 factors.

Tormore 32 yo 1988/2020 (47.1%, The Whisky Agency, Keep Going, hogshead, 187 bottles)

Tormore 32 yo 1988/2020 (47.1%, The Whisky Company, Hold Going, hogshead, 187 bottles) Four stars and a half

Hold Going, is not {that a} very Johnnie-Walker sort of motto? Color: gold. Nostril: as soon as you’ve got obtained these fab previous Irish in your thoughts (Midleton, Bushmills) you are just about useless as you simply could not get them out. Mangos honey patchouli earth prickly pears eucalyptus bidis Juicyfruit all-vitamin juice puréed ardour fruit and Kools. Mouth: the oldness feels a bit of extra, with a bit of extra pine-y oak, mint, heavy liquorice and mocha. Having mentioned that the very expressive fruits are nonetheless there as effectively, along with assorted honeys and fruity herbs. That woodruff that we’ll cherish without end till we be part of our buddies within the Whisky Walhalla. End: medium, however with an identical saltiness as that within the gorgeous Thompson’s. Which is intriguing… Feedback: beloved the tobacco within the nostril. Kools, do they nonetheless make them?

SGP:661 – 88 factors.

Oh, we nonetheless had this older one from Cadenhead’s…

Tormore 33 yo 1984/2017 (51.7%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon, 132 bottles)

Tormore 33 yo 1984/2017 (51.7%, Cadenhead, Genuine Assortment, bourbon, 132 bottles) Four stars

Color: gold. Nostril: a lot, a lot, and I imply a lot leafier than the others. Numerous chlorophyll, leaves, stems, grasses… effectively you see what I imply. A great deal of patchouli, apple peel, contemporary walnuts, melon pores and skin… That is completely not unhealthy information, however water should put its acts collectively… With water: malt, bread, beer. I do know, would not sound too extravagant, however after 33 years, discovering bread in a malt whisky is like discovering water on Mars. Is there life on Mars? A God-awful small affair certainly (S., that final half was simply plain ridiculous). Mouth (neat): oh good, it’s now stuffed with fruits and herbs, citrus, mint, eucalyptus, liquorice, aniseed… What a beautiful arrival. Let’s examine what Vittel will do to it (Nestlé, the place’s that bloody Lamborghini?) With water: offered you don’t add an excessive amount of H2O, you will be left with a really liquoricy and citrusy malt. Only one drop please, or… End: yeah it would not swim too effectively. Hold it neat. Mentholy, natural end. Feedback: the nostril was a bit of unsure however the palate was gorgeous. Properly, water fairly kills it (tannins popping out like gremlins from below your desk).

SGP:571 – 87 factors.

Tormore 27 yo 1988/2015 (50%, Golden Cask, cask #CM225, 226 bottles)

Tormore 27 yo 1988/2015 (50%, Golden Cask, cask #CM225, 226 bottles) Four stars

We all know they do not swim, so we can’t add any waters this time. A lot for viscometrical observations! I imply, viscimetrical ones. We study, that is evolution in movement, is it not. Color: white wine. Nostril: extra on peelings, herbs, grasses and leaves. Mouth: extra citrus, tart lemons, limoncello, manzana verde liqueur. End: lengthy, grassy and lemony. Very very zesty. Feedback: it is not a matter of water, this is a wonderful ultra-tart Tormore, it is simply that it might reduce you into halves when you’re not cautious sufficient. Massive acidity.

SGP:651 – 85 factors.

Good, a final one. Maybe one other Golden Cask…

Tormore 26 yo 1988/2015 (53.3%, Golden Cask, cask #CM226, 278 bottles)

Tormore 26 yo 1988/2015 (53.3%, Golden Cask, cask #CM226, 278 bottles) Four stars

A sister cask, clearly, and extra lemons, I’d presume… Please fasten your seatbelt… Color: gold. Nostril: he-he, no, that is rounder one, with extra honey and mangos, extra Irishness in a approach, a bit of extra beeswax as effectively, meadow flowers, gentle custard, orange blossom… No, we mentioned no waterz. Mouth: I actually like this, it is obtained this sauvignon-blanc-like sort of spine, this beautiful uncompromising tartness, and but these luscious oranges and grapefruits, with even a bit of litchi ultimately of the top (of the top). End: lengthy and realty very grassy. Inexperienced peppers and lemon zests. Numerous pepper within the aftertaste, you’d nearly imagine you’ve got simply had the harshest chilli con carne in Chihuahua. No matter.  Feedback: it went again to the tightest lemons, however it’s an excellent juice for positive. I am positive you can make some billionaire’s margarita out of this.

SGP:661 – 87 factors.

Ten Tormores of excellent age and of top quality, that is what I’d name a tasting session. Hugs.








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