Sunday, 24 February 2013

Whisky Discovery #311

Tormore 28 Year Old Master of Malt (60.20% abv D: 24/02/1984)
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
£99.95 70cl (only available from Master of Malt)
Tormore Whisky
Sorry, I took all of the photos at the same time!
The Speyside distillery of Tormore is a fairly new discovery to me, and only found out about it after daughter Kat bought herself a bottle of their 12 Year Old and brought it round to HQ for me to taste, then a little while later tasted a Wemyss Malts single cask bottling from 1988

These chaps at Master of Malt have managed to get their hands on a twenty eight year old single cask from the often-overlooked Speysider to include in their Single Cask Series. It was distilled on the 24th February 1984, aged in a bourbon barrel and bottled on the 21st November 2012. A release of just 182 bottles, at a staggering cask strength of 60.2% so  lord knows what strength it was when this barrel was filled.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Initially thyme and menthol with a sweet coating of icing sugar play on the nose, but with time in the glass, notes of birch, green apple and panna cotta emerge.
Palate: To begin with warm dry fruits and moderate wood spice which becomes more creamy and raspberry-milkshake-like with water.
Finish: The finish is long and creamy with notes of red berries, notably cranberry and redcurrant, and a pinch of nutmeg.
Overall: This Tormore is packed with flavours which are excellently balanced against one another and lead into a rewardingly long finish. A great expression of this under appreciated Speyside distillery.

So What Did We Think?

To be honest, the tasting note from Master of Malt more or less says everything I wanted to say about this. It's not overly complicated and quite delicate. The crisp green apple note on the nose is lovely and the for the birch notes they have listed I jotted down like a springtime walk in the woods, fresh new green leaf growth.. There are some lovely soft vanilla fudge notes in the empty glass at the end of the dram too. 

It is astounding how this twenty eight year old has managed to retain the high alcohol content, the angels have had very little share from this barrel, especially to be able to fill 182 bottles. Well picked gentlemen!

Want one? Best be quick as there was just 182 bottles filled. check out Master of Malt 28 Year Old Tormore

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