Tormore is one of the most beautiful distilleries you'll ever drive past, but you'll only ever drive past it because they don't do tours or have a shop.
It's been one of those distilleries that been all too happy to fly under the radar and even when official bottlings started creeping out, they weren't very available.
Tormore uses Non-water cooled Purifiers on both their wash and spirit stills to give the spirit a lighter touch to the style. As far as I know, it's the only distillery to use that type of purifier on both stills and Glen Grant are the only other distillery to use purifiers on both wash and spirit stills. So it should be quite unique character-wise.
Of course, I had to hunt down a sample to find out what the stuff tasted like.
Tormore 16 48%
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Full of pastry and fresh fruit. Cinnamon, apple pie, aromatic juicy pear, spiced orange, honey, some herbs, pine needles, aniseed, a bit of dry oak.
Water: More deep and mellow with honey, sweet floral and blood orange. More vanilla and pastry after a bit.
Taste: Sweet, honey, juicy orange, spiced orange, cinnamon building with ginger and oak. Lots of coffee beans into the finish.
Water: Much more gentle but a little watery, a green sappy note then lots of dark chocolate and oak. Very oaky into the finish. Becomes unbalanced.
Finish: Medium length. Spiced, coffee beans and prickling oak.
Looking at it, I would have said Sherry from the colour but apparently this is exclusively from Bourbon barrels, must be 1st fill unless there is colour added. Doesn't quite have the balance I would expect from 16 years, or the mouthfeel I'd want from 48% though.
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