Tormore 1988 SV

Overall rating
87.89/100
votes
153
Whiskybase ID
WB122106
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
29.11.1988
Bottled
01.10.2018
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
15329
Number of bottles
501
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Whisky
Market
de Germany
Added on
06 dec 2018 1:17 pm by Rhönräuber
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 284.00

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Whisky reviews for Tormore 1988 SV

33 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.89 points.

  1. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    be careful with water
    a difficult malt for me
    for 29y only oak and bitter
    no malt for me
    • Nose
      nutty, the alcohol tingles, something fresh (mint?), sherry (great), old oak, slightly raisins, tree bark, old sofa cushions (not musty)
      with water: fresher, minimal lemon, slightly metallic

      from the 1920s: polish, solvent, old rotten wood, a note I can't name
      with water: musty, mushroomy, rotten oak stings the nose, slightly earthy
    • Taste
      full, strong, round
      Oak, spicy, a hairy note, perfume side note, cardboard, tobacco, bitter sherry, tingling alcohol, very dark caramel

      with water: rounder, wood, very tart, chocolate ~75%, more tobacco, more of the perfume note
    • Finish
      long
      tart, sherry (different/bitter), tobacco, dark chocolate ~70-75%, bitter

      with water: perfume-soap note, tingling, dry

  2. pecathor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    TBH I have expected more from this 29y. It is quite sweet, the alcohol is quite obvious (and don’t get me wrong, I love my 60%+ drams!), the cask feels to be a bit worn-out…
    • Nose
      86 86
      honey, toffee, more honey, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits (cherries), raisins, oak spices, leather and mint notes,
    • Taste
      86 86
      not overly complex, sweet and spicy, loads of oak wood, dark fruit, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, mint, smoke and sulfur notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      kinda sharp wood, spices, mint notes

  3. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    20.12.2021, blind
    • Nose
      Honey, grasses, herbs, floral, nuts, melon, peach, caramel, looks very closed, despite almost an hour to breathe
    • Taste
      Apricot, peach, physalis, orange, honey, melon, mango, nuts, some earth, grapefruit, wood

  5. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes of a blind tasting:

    not a bad malt, certainly, looks round and balanced, but I find it almost too straightforward or calm or boring
    • Nose
      Malty, fruity, sweet, honey, nuts, slightly spicy oak notes. Cereal notes. But all in all, on the very soft side.
    • Taste
      sweet, caramel, chocolate, only very little fruity, some coffee, nuts, malty and also here light grain notes. Some old wood, very straight forward.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, spicy wood notes, then becoming slightly bitter. Again, the malty notes

  6. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Fudge and caramel on the nose, very typical sherry cask.
    Taste is sweet, slightly astringent, relatively short finish. Not a lot going on, but a very nice sherry dram indeed!

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Old school sherry with rum raisins, plum jam, dark chocolate, honey, chocolate cherry cake, sultannins. A dark, mature profile with an overall more sherry influence than expected.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pleasantly tingling, milk chocolate, chili chocolate, pepper, espresso, plums, slightly astringent.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mocha, espresso, oak, again pepper, raisins.

  10. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose
    dripping sherry, tart and sweet at the same time. Raisins, forest honey, spice market, cinnamon, leather. Soft but powerful, that's how the whole year in the barrel comes into its own. Light citrus fruits, black chocolate, some old wood ... some perfume? Strongly influenced by the sherry barrel, I wouldn't necessarily have guessed refill. nice game of tart and sweet, there is a lot to discover.

    taste
    Very sweet, but also with a little mint and sticky dripping forest honey. The longer the dram stays in the mouth, the more the bitter side comes out with the oriental spice market and rum-raisins. Leather and old wood again, some furniture polish and chilli chocolate. Still extremely strong and tasty for the age, there is still a lot of puff in the whisky. The alcohol remains very nicely integrated. The right time for bottling was definitely found.
    Interesting complexity with the flavors tug of war against each other.

    Exit
    More and more tart aromas towards the finish and the spice market dominates. Slightly bitter but not annoying, salty, slightly sour and still with a lot of sherry and dried raisins. Light pepper remains on the palate and plays with the tart sherry on the tongue.

    Conclusion
    A delicious sherry malt that is heavily dominated by the barrel and comes along on the really powerful side, so you have to deal with it. No painting that you drink empty at the same time. Delicious!
    N-89, T-87, F-86 for delicious 87 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. stefan_PB scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Despite the old age, I can say here: age is not everything. Somehow the malt lacks something special. Not that good for the age and the price :-(
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fruit initially (peach, apricot). Some almond. You can sniff out green vegetables and hay. Slight caramel note. But everything is subtle and somehow unbalanced and thin.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Malt is the first to hit the palate. Then some fruit with raisins. Wood notes with no end. A little too much for my liking. A bit of pepper .. Slight cognac note. Strong drop.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long. Very tart, almost bitter.

  13. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    with water: the malt can take water well, it becomes much more palatable and sweeter

    Conclusion: with water it is very easy to drink, it also has a certain complexity, but overall too little balance and not well integrated alcohol, in the finish it velvets a lot
    • Nose
      87 87
      Caramel, old wood, cherry, sweetish pipe tobacco, popped cereal with milk cream ("children's country"), hazelnut, menthol / peppermint, the alcohol is not particularly well integrated and sticks in the nose, bitter orange jam
    • Taste
      86 86
      good start, but not particularly oily, sherry, oranges, menthol, oak, then there is plenty of rum sweetness, caramel, here too the alcohol stings
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length, the sherry is restrained and the wood is oversized, but without a lot of spices, but with tannins that become bitter at the back

  14. tribe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially, a gray note dominated the smell, after a long opening period the hazelnut is very present. dark fruits and sherry are underneath. the alcohol stings a bit.
    • Taste
      89 89
      I like the taste better than the nose, but in addition to the sherry fruit aroma there is some sulfur with through and some milk chocolate, spices and wood. the wood is pleasantly integrated and has this hazelnut aroma again, maybe a little clove.
    • Finish
      87 87
      become lightly peppery and dry

  15. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  17. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This old gate looks very pleasant and varied. Sweetness, fruit, wood, subtle sharpness and menthol freshness are present and make you hungry for more. Tastes and likes ...

    22/22/23/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Clear amber shines mysteriously in the glass. On the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, syrupy "legs" pull their viscous webs, sweet dried grapes and berries stand out from the glass expectantly. Caramelized sugar mixes with forest honey and creamy toffee, a hint of morello cherries and raisins in rum soothe the nose, minimally spicy wood tones play with hints of mint. Malted cereals and cereals come into their own, full-milk chocolate reminds me a little of Kinder Country with its malty base ... The initially subtle peppermint note becomes more intense, as does the sour cherry juice.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently wooden through the palate. Toffee, caramelized sugar, hazelnuts and raisins flow voluminously through the mouth, milk chocolate and cocoa are added, freshly brewed espresso smells in the cup. Another sip pours powerfully and voluminously over the tongue. Sweet caramel flashes, wooden elements stick to the tongue, dark chocolate and black espresso exude their bitter aroma, subtle sharpness tickles the tongue, we are much more intense and ultimately stimulate the saliva massively!
    • Finish
      Dark wood tones plump warmly through the palate, the pleasant sharpness still massages the tongue and lips, hazelnuts and hints of cough syrup end in dark wood and fresh menthol.

  18. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It already has nice approaches with an unruffled Refill profile, which I really appreciate, but Brand and barrel have not integrated well / harmonized despite the long maturation period. It gives the impression that it was simply in the barrel than actually maturing: too alcoholic and hot for the key data.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Slightly alcoholic, with noticeably fruity acidity and a hint of chocolate just like water - like a Mon Cheri praline. Behind it hide delicate oak spiciness, liquid caramel and a bit of cookie dough. Becomes more malty and grainy over time; the alcohol flavor evaporates visibly (or is gradually faded out by the sensory perception), but without water it continues to sting in the nose. The addition of a few drops opens a spicier component, it goes then in the direction of Refill Glenfarclas from the Core Range. The very old age can not be recognized at any point as such, which could also be up to ten years younger by the impression.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Caramel, cocoa powder, coffee and brandy-filled chocolate. Strong, warming, sweet and kräutrig with a mild woody note, but also here with a slightly sharp alcohol bite. Relatively straight and (for Tormore) unfruchtig.
    • Finish
      83 83
      First, spicy oak and a certain sharpness, then delicate bitterness with a menthol component. Disappointing for the age.

  20. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As others wrote a whisky for friends of sweeter malts, but great quality.
    • Nose
      Darker, full of honey, full toffee, sweet popcorn, apricot and milk chocolate, sweet brandy, marzipan, light raisins and oak pigeon fallen in honey
    • Taste
      Full, alcohol nicely integrated, full of honey, apricot jam, raisins, light and dark, marzipan, toffee and vanilla, brandy
    • Finish
      A little more oak, cocoa, apricot with core, toffee, long

  21. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. JungleDram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly not a bad malt. But somehow it has nothing for me that justifies a big bottle.

  24. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    beautifully matured Speysider
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet sugar apricots, bitter orange zest, kumquats, cloves, cinnamon
    • Taste
      88 88
      Bitter orange, spicy apricot chutney with curry, black pepper - after a long time in the glass and the addition of a little water, a dry, somewhat bitter woodiness due to age occurs
    • Finish
      87 87
      fruity, dry - medium long

  25. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  26. mds51 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      grassy, dry
    • Taste
      88 88
      sour, unripe banana, fresh grass, slightly bitter. Much more balanced with water!
      But I do not like the sherry ...
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium to short finish

  28. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful sherry cask aged single malt. Voluminous and mouth-filling.
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity-sweet, caramelized sugar, dried fruit, raisins
    • Taste
      86 86
      voluminous, creamy, stimulates salivation, tingling heat, sweet and spicy, cocoa
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, first sweet then dark chocolate and spicy, slightly bitter oak notes

  30. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A bottling for friends of sweet whiskys. There are certainly notes that indicate the old age. However, the barrel was already very inactive, which manifests itself in restrained cask notes and the surprisingly clear alcoholic strength. The latter is a defect for my taste, which prevents a better rating.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and dense is the smell in Nosingglas: caramelized sugar, forest honey, brandy, marzipan cake, rum raisins, rubber and dusty, old wood. The high alcohol content is easily noticeable pungent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Voluminous, tingling alcohol with distinct sharpness, very sweet - pastries, forest honey and brandy can be found again, dusty wood, cappuccino and a little baking cocoa.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The quite successful taste sounds in the medium-long finish with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. Only the still noticeable sharpness continues to cloud the overall impression.

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] Tormore is a fascinating distillery to visit because all production equipment fits into one very large room (and there are eight stills!) but its distillate is rather a blend-designated base malt and hence not very impressive as a single malt release...

    ...like this one. Just because it is sherry cask-matured does not make up a great malt! This is an average distillate matured in a rather sub-average sherry butt which results in a release that is dispensable (from my point of view). But thanks to the current whisky boom the Scots do the same as the Romans did 2000 years ago (you know, money is not to be sniffed at)...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers a rather unimpressive modern sherry profile. To be honest, this could be any malt out of any modern sherry cask - nothing else to remark...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste shows a modern wood-driven sherry profile with lots of bitter herbal and wooden (tannins) notes. After some chewing sweet sugary and some fruity flavours show up and turn the taste more approachable once you chew it long enough. Nevertheless, this is not really delicious (according to my taste buds, only) but wait - finally there is a tasty mocha and dark chocolatey flavour that I like. Water helps to open up both the nose and taste but now the fine mocha-chocolatey taste is gone too, unfortunately. I like the neat dram better.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and drying-astringent - no, I do not like this at all! The finish is of medium length and just sugary-sweet with hints of sherry flavours. It turns unpleasantly drying-astringent towards the end (tannins) but releases a fine but short chocolatey flash right before it vanishes.

  33. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red groats, mocha, chocolate, dried fruit, oak.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour, red fruit chutney, wild berry jam, buckwheat honey, Mon Cheri and again oak.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate with cocoa nibs, walnut, cherry-cherry flavor, long.

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