If you are not a regular reader of Malt-review.com (I can’t imagine why 🙂 ), the brand Tormore may not immediately ring a bell. The distillery has only two original bottlings, a 14 and 16 year old. The rest of their whisky is mainly used for blends. There are, however, several releases bottled by independent bottlers. Like this Tormore batch 1 from The Boutique-y Whisky Company.
This UK-based independent bottler was founded in 2012 by the people of Master of Malt. Each bottle has a comic-book-style label that contains industry insights and jokes relating to the distillery. Since 2016 they started adding age statements to their bottlings, but this Tormore batch 1 was bottled in 2013. So this one carries no age statement. Bottled at 50% ABV.
Tormore batch 1 tasting notes:
Nose: Nail polish remover. Green apples. Quite herbal too. It smells a bit young. And it is rather restrained, but this get’s better when giving it a bit more time. Then it becomes more fruity. Red apples. Unripe pears and unripe green grapes. Some vanilla. Cookie dough too. With water: this adds citrus, more vanilla and a bit of pepper.
Taste: Green grapes, almost like young white wine flavour. Vanilla here as well. Apples. Some spices, like nutmeg. And it ends quite peppery too. With water: Less spicy, but still there. But it adds a layer of bitterness. Grapefruit? Some menthol here.
Finish: The finish is quite long, fruity and peppery as well.
Ok, it isn’t bad but nothing special either. Somehow I expected a bit more of it. Especially when you consider what the price of this whisky was (around €90,- for 500 ml). In my opinion,this is too expensive for what you get.
Many thanks to Jason for the sample.
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