Tormore 1996/2015 Gordon & MacPhail
Tormore is one of the lesser known Speyside distilleries. They’ve been in production since 1959, but the spirit is mainly used for blends. The only readily available expression is a 12yo, of which I was once gifted a bottle. That has been my only experience with Tormore. Until now. Last year Gordon & MacPhail bottled an 18yo Tormore from a refill bourbon barrel for Dutch importer Van Wees.
Tormore 1996/2015 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail, ‘Bottled for Van Wees’, C#5653)
Nose: Sweet tinned pineapples, coconut and vanilla custard. Malty too. Some citrus fruits are in the background, pink grapefruit en lemon. Not very adventurous, but pleasant and well-balanced.
Taste: A nice oily mouthfeel. Less sweetness than I’d expected and more citrus. Especially the grapefruit makes a comeback. Some blackberries, lychees and red apples as well. Lightly spiced.
Finish: Medium in length, spices (cumin) and pink grapefruit.
A good and highly drinkable whisky. On the other hand it lacks a bit of character. After trying this twice, I don’t feel there’s a lot left to discover.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.