Single malt

Tormore 23 Years Old 1995 Connoisseurs Choice (60.1%, Gordon & MacPhail, Sherry Butt #5383, 615 Bottles, 2018)

Tormore 1995 Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 60.1%
  • Age: 23 Years Old
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail
  • Category: Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £170
  • Origin: Tormore Distillery
  • Vintage: 1995

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What they say

Distilled at Tormore distillery on 14/06/1995 and matured in a first fill sherry butt #5383 for a minimum of 23 years before bottling 05/09/2018 at cask strength 60.1% ABV.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Sweet initially with stewed plum, sultana, and demerara sugar. Herbal notes develop and mature into aromas of pine needles and sage. Ground almond and cocoa powder notes add a layered depth.
  • Taste: Flavours of a fruit and nut chocolate bar mix with those of rum and raisin ice cream. Hints of dark chocolate develop; sweet and tangy stewed rhubarb highlights remain.
  • Finish: Sherry influences linger; fresh peppermint adds complexity.

What I say

This is only the second Tormore whisky I have managed to sample! Despite being a lovely looking distillery that heralds your entry into Speyside’s distillery-laden countryside, it is still not open to public visitors and also rarely encountered on the shop shelves. Tormore have standard 14 and 16 year old expressions released to supermarkets in France – however during my last visit I was unable to find a single bottle of either in any of the major supermarket chains we visited!? I wonder why Tormore is proving so elusive to me? This Independent bottling was a little less elusive as I received a sample directly from Gordon & MacPhail as an ongoing coverage of their new branding for the Connoisseurs Choice range.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber gold (11/20), slow, medium tears leave imperceptible legs.
  • Nose: Sweet vanilla, golden syrup, cereal malted barley, oak wood, orchard fruit reduction, apple, pear, Madagascan vanilla essence and pine sap.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, sweet, charred oak wood, cereal barley malt, creme brulee topping, hazelnut, raisin and chocolate – fruit and nut bar.
  • Finish: Medium, crystalline, brown sugar, raisin, sherry, nut, dark chocolate.

Overall

Very enjoyable, mostly appealing to my sweet-tooth and love of chocolate. Some cask char influences and a hint of mint in places had me guessing perhaps refill before I fully appreciated the age of this whisky! Plenty of power in here grows from a shy nose to a hugely sherry influenced finish and had me wishing this influence was spread a little more across the whole experience? Very drinkable at cask strength.

Score 87/100

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