Review: Tormore 14 Years Old

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tormore Distillery

Bottling: Official – Pernod Ricard: Batch # A1308, Bottled 08/2013

ABV: 43%

Cost: £48.95 from Master of Malt

Score: 84/100Tormore14

What they say:

Surrounded by ancient pine forest and a fast flowing river, Tormore Distillery is found deep in the heart of Speyside.

Named after the Gealic words ‘Torra Mhòir’ meaning Big Hill, the Distillery overlooks the valley below, its majestic architecture visible for miles around.

In keeping with the slow pace of life in this remote part of the Cairngorms, Tormore Distillery’s whisky takes time to reach the perfect peak of maturation. While the spirit rests for 14 years in American Oak casks, it is imbued with a delicate sweetness and refreshing fruitiness. The perfect balance of flavour reflects the harmony of nature in the forests and fields around the distillery.

This rare edition is produced in small batches by Master Distiller Neal Corbett and perfectly showcases the signature style of Tormore Distillery Single Malt Whisky.

Nose:

Refreshing citrus and raspberry notes with a background of toasted almonds

Taste:

Sweet with a hint of citrus, followed by an extra level of complexity from liquorice and ginger flavours

Finish:

Long and sweet with a spicy tang

Tormore 14 Years Old

What I say:

Available only in the French market initially before being rolled out in other markets during 2014, this is the newly repackaged/rebranded Tormore Distillery entry-level bottling. Also in the range is a 16 Year old, 48% ABV, non-chillfiltered expression also matured in American Oak.

Colour:

Refractive ‘toffee’ gold

Nose:

Citrus (not too sharp) sweet lemon and limes, fruity strawberry jam, sweet caramel and toffee, a little oaky wood

Taste:

Sweet, golden syrup, anise, a little molasses and treacle (but no bitterness), liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), cherries, plums, Demerara sugar, a little ginger spice with creamy vanilla fudge, smooth& creamy throughout

Finish:

Medium/long, brown sugar and fruits (sultana?) a little drying, ginger spice and vanilla cream and finally peppermint cream with dark chocolate (e.g. York’s Peppermint Patties,  or Fry’s Peppermint Cream Chocolate Bars)

Would I buy it again:

Yes, this is a very enjoyable digestif type whisky. Complex and reasonably full-bodied with a range of interesting fruit and caramelised sugar flavours before that refreshing peppermint cream ending. A moreish sipping whisky with a final cleansing effect on the palate. I suspect this would pair equally well with a variety of desserts such as dark chocolate, chocolate torte, tarte aux citron or just a good bowl of juicy fresh strawberries and cream…