Whisky Review: SMWS 105.13 Tormore “Pouring treacle on cut grass”

Style: Sherry and Grassy

Nose:

Cranberry-infused malt syrup singing in the embrace of a fresh, grassy landscape. Light herbal touch, rose water, vanilla sponge cake… Assorted red fruits, cherry and treacle dipping lower while an energetic grassy tone surges up at the end.

Palate:

Toffee apples, strawberries and blackcurrants dressed prettily around honeycomb. Fresh grass rolling in, a perky herbal touch, followed by dried mangoes, stewed red fruits and chocolate éclair. Cinnamon dusting on blood orange malt cake with a reminiscence of peach skin. Ginger spice gathering momentum to finish high.

Finish:

Vanilla biscuits gently dabbed into cranberry sauce, goji berries, a light serve of egg pudding and some red fruits to give a nice sherried finish.

Thoughts:

A straight arrow Tormore shooting with plenty of sherry, very Speyside, very modern. Another expression from this distillery which is running at a relatively high pace, which creates a sense of brightness and vibrancy, it does not feel like a 26-year-old at all. Maybe still lacking a bit of substance on the palate, but sometimes I wonder if this young distillery is on the road to create something big. Quite nice.

☆ [Recommended]

[56.0% | Independent Bottling | 1983 Distilled | 2010 Bottled | 318 Bottles | 1st Fill ex-Sherry Hogshead | Cask Strength | Non Coloured | Non Chill Filtered | *-]

-Esmond