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Overall rating
90.20/100
votes
47
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1984
Bottled
Autumn 2017
Stated Age
33 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
132
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2017 1:43 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 265.00

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Whisky Reviews for Tormore 1984 CA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.20 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  I tasted the 13-years old Tormore distilled in 1984 during my CGBP-project and found it average at best with a somewhat dry and bitter finish.  So I am curious how the sister casks matured over such a long time of more than 30 years.  To make it more interesting I do a head-to-head of the 13-years old (WB id 5092) versus the 30-years old (WB id 63518) versus this 33-years old (WB id 102729) - all were Cadenhead casks distilled in 1984.  

    This was a very interesting experience.  Obviously the cask of the 13y was a first fill that contributed too much tannins from the fresh wood so it had to be bottled very early (to avoid it getting even more bitter and astringent).  The 30+years old drams matured in refill casks, for sure, and so they could stand the test of time and develop a much more complex and balanced fine whisky profile out of basically the same distillate.  I like the 33y best but the 30y is a fine dram too, definitely.  The 13y shows why fresh (new wood) casks are not really recommended to Scotch whisky spirits except you bottle it at very young ages (NAS) already...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The 13y is of pale gold, the 30y is two shades darker at old gold and the 33y is another two shades darker at amber. The texture of the 33y shows fat sticky tears that refuse to build legs for a long time, the 30y has many small tears that consolidate to a sticky ring that builds a few fat tears with slow legs and the 13y shows the same oiliness as the 30y. The 13y offers a somewhat immature nose on mainly spring floral notes, the 30y is much more complex on floral, nutty and barley sugary aromas while the 33y offers a truly fine nose on all the above plus some spices and herbs. I like the 33y best closely followed by the 30y. The 13y is much weaker.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The 13y offers a rich but somewhat austere taste profile of floral, herbal and wooden flavours. The 30y is about the same profile but with fine nutty and fruity notes added. It is much more complex with an interesting nutty spike. The 33y is even more complex and for sure more balanced than the 30y with more of the fine fruity, heather honey and spicy flavours. This round takes the 33y clearly (and guess how I rate the 13y). Water opens up the 33y nicely and releases more aromas, nevertheless I like the neat dram better. Reducing the 30y does not work that well as the water releases some unwanted bitter notes, again the neat dram is best. The 13y clearly benefits from adding water as the dryness/astringent moments vanish to a large part and the whisky gets much more approachable.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The 33y arrives warming and a little coating without any distracting moments, the 30y is somewhat more coating with a minor peppery adstringent feeling and the 13y arrives hot and a little bitter-astringent from heavy tannins. I go for a draw between the 33y and 30y. The 13y is again significantly weaker. The 33y has a long finish with more sugary-sweet and spicy flavours without any distracting bitter, drying or astringent notes. The 30y owns a medium to long finish on mostly barley sugary and spicy wooden flavours, interestingly the nuttiness is somewhat gone now. The finish of the 13y is long but it dries out with some astringentness from heavy tannins, unfortunately. Again the 33y is the clear winner and the 13y looses this round again.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Ingenious stuff - concentrated, intense, yummy, just a bit on the tongue, PLV Super
    • Nose
      Oily dense sweetness, sun-ripened peaches ripened on the tree, freshly grated apple, ripe yellow kiwi, sugar melon, gooseberry jam, maple syrup, star anise, fresh light oak aromatic interwoven with mint, herbaceous herbal slightly ethereal spices such as laurel and rosemary form a beautiful backdrop for the whopping Vanilla note, which stands above the exotic fruits like a whopping cloud. The nose is overall very concentrated, syrupy, valuable and concentrated - you can smell forever.
    • Taste
      Tart fresh slightly peppery oak spices, strong onion, pineapple, sweet lemon, yellow watermelon, honey, all dusted with baking cocoa
    • Finish
      Rosemary, olive pungency (before fermenting directly from the tree), creamy, porky spicy light oak, wax is on the tongue, a little anise, some ginger, slowly the fruitiness runs out - chocolate flashes briefly - at the end sweet oak with a Touch tobacco and cocoa - very long and spicy

  3. Jour.Ray did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the initial price was about 239€

  4. Whisky_in_Saxony scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Fruity basket all over...

  5. wako93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good nose, interesting palate, long finish but I found it lacking balance and a bit rough but still a decent dram but I think the cask was a little tired here.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Official tasting notes:Nose: Very effervescent, peaches, orange sherbet, raspberry jam and faintly medicinal.

    Palate: Sweet and creamy, an old fashioned sweet shop, with honey and pineapple chunks.

    Finish: Soft fruitiness with lingering creamy notes and distant medicinal notes.

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