Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Tormore 1996 Cask Strength Aged 20 Years

 

Style: Sweet and Complex

Nose: 

Bright citrus lemon sponge cake joined by refreshing mango tartness on the first whiff. Beneath sits dense caramel sauce, smooth and creamy texture. Vanilla milk steaming and the fragrance of butter toast slowly follows through.

Palate:

Coconut cream glides beautifully with peppery spice. A energetic burst of bright tropical fruits sweetness on the palate. Fizzing lemonade, flavours of banana split coming to mind as milk chocolate notes come knocking. More oak presence towards the back and it sets a more delicate tone. Ripe fruits and white pepper buzzing lightly to finish.

Finish:

Hazelnut and more butter toast with dim overripe tropical fruits whispers. Nice and gentle.

Thoughts:

Complex Speyside firing with electrifying pace. Multi-dimensional flavours binding nicely, brilliant phase transitions, fruity and deliciously sweet. I haven’t tried a lot of Tormore(s) so far but this is an eye-opener for me. One of my Speyside highlights this year.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[57.4%・2016 Bottled・1996 Distilled・Aged 20 Years・Independent Bottling・Single Cask・Non Coloured・Non Chill Filtered・Cask Number: 5655・Refill Bourbon Barrel]

-Esmond