Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
30 years old
15601 + 15602
Number of bottles
47.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Mar 2019 9:34 pm by yggr
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 154.15

11 × in wishlist

55 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tormore 1988 SV

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 61.71 points

  1. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    We tasted it at the Stammtisch for three of us and did not laugh so much for a long time. So he is really unique and interesting. Do you have to have a bottle for the price of it? No.
    Nose: Camembert, mushrooms, wood.
    Mouth: Green wood, more young blue cheese.
    Finish: The tongue takes on the consistency of the white camembert layer.
    Conclusion: My girlfriend broke up with me. I suppose it takes 30 years to make such a whisky and another 30 years to stop tasting it. Even a sherry bomb, which I desperately dumped, has fizzled out.
    I stay a mushroom forever.

  2. Najzero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Oh, I love how this bottle gets voted down... and I still like it.

    Nose: I rarely have childhood memories I look back to smiling... but spending summers in Denmark in a beach house counts towards that.
    This whisky SMELLS exactly like this... wooden houses, that spend too much time in way to high humidity.
    Salty, wet, wood...

    Taking a nose of this whisky always beams me back to those moments.

    Mouth: well, who would have thought, it tastes the same. Alcohol is neatly "next" to that nose/aroma of wet wood.

    Finish: very long, as I enjoyed the nose, I even enjoy the finish.

    Conclusion: it is a very personal experience for me and I would not fear to buy a bottle of this insane stuff.

    Does it have anything to offer "the real stuff" has to offer?
    well.. errr no, I think not. It wet wood/mushy lingering overshadows everything else.

    Is it a bad whisky? for me... no. For my brother (sharing the same childhood memories)... no.

    Does everyone need a bottle/sample of this? maybe not :-)
    I still think its funny, how the SV guys thought "this is a good idea to release upon the world". So here it is :-)

  3. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I had no dram from the malt - but sounds like a cork error - because I have experienced similar taste impressions:


    This means that other bottles of this Casks can be quite tasty.

  4. PPox scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    I'm going to use this one as my first rating on whiskybase. It's so interesting and funny to read the previous ratings because they're in accordance with my very first experience with this whisky when I was opening the bottle for the first time: Kind of moldy, wet wood in the nose and the taste basically the same, followed by this EXTREME long finish which I could not get rid of, even with a heavily peated whisky afterwards.

    BUT - and that's a serious BUT - I would suggest that you're giving it a second chance. So did I and my opinion changed completely. It's super mild in the mouth for it's 47.2% abv. This intense moldy, wet wood turned into a very fruity note - very ripe apple and pear, stewed fruits, bit of apricot. There is also some milk chocolate. It still has a pretty long finish (but not as overwhelming as when the bottle was freshly opened) and here a very interesting flavor happens to develop: oven-fresh pretzel. ;-D

    I've never had a 30 year old whisky before - so I would consider this one as a pretty complex whisky which needs some time to develop its full potential. Again: Give it a second chance!

  5. Whisky_Erlebnis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great malt, it's a pity that someone deliberately pulls down the malt with 7-8 accounts! An impudence people do something here. This malt got from me a very fair rating with 89%!

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 10 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      1 1
      Paint, glue, rotten wood
    • Taste
      1 1
      Modriges wood, gammelig, glue, paint, just terrible. It shakes me
    • Finish
      1 1
      Just as catastrophic as the rest. 0 points, you can also drink Super +

  7. Wiz scored this whisky 30 points Expert Junior

    In the nose first musty rotten wood. Then dusty rotten wood. More does not come here.
    In the mouth .... musty dusty rotten wood. Moldy, infested with fungus. Then something lights up, which still reminds of a whisky ... some cereals, malt and a very weak fruit. Annanas maybe.
    Finish .... very long. I can not get that nasty musty rotten taste out of my mouth. Awful!!!!!
    Conclusion: I thought that must be a corkscrew. But I was assured that he tasted other people. If that was not a corkscrew, then it was definitely the worst whisky I ever had in the glass !!!! Should actually get minus points.

  8. rottendon scored this whisky 45 points Connoisseur

    I would say it was really corked, otherwise something else went wrong in production. By far the best was this sweet note in the mouth, but that's not enough to tear something out of here. Suitable for Friday the 13th

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    30 years and not a bit wise! It's unbelievable that Signatory Vintage is filling something like this. I'm shocked!
    • Nose
      60 60
      Corky with hints of yellow fruits and mineral notes at the beginning, after a few seconds there is a slight acidity. Somewhat cheesy, green apples slowly define themselves, the corky one becomes dunnage. Overall, still behave. After a while, corked and extremely acidic again. When these notes decrease, sweet caramel notes also appear, but only very weakly, it remains primarily mineral. Movement dispels all the aromas and only leaves teasing alcohol. Hand warmth can actually breathe some life into it; the nose may not become nicer, but it is definitely much denser. The apples come out again, now ripe and red, but still paired with tart corky tones. A malty dark note appears very tentatively.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Very dry at first, clearly astringent, then comes a note that I have had before and could not name at that time. Dark, sweet and quite pleasant. At the back, however, this corkiness comes into play again, which also extends into the finish. In addition clear acidity and a hint of tannins. The start is very moderate, the mouthfeel only slightly oily.
    • Finish
      Mainly corky, the weak sweetness has nothing to report here. Looks flabby. Unfortunately for a long time. Even after two coffees, this gummy note is still on the palate.
      It's now three hours, nuts, nougat and another coffee and the taste is still coming back. Frightening!

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 64 points Connoisseur

    Just about the strangest nose on a whisky I have ever smelt it smells just like pot pourri mixed with toilet cleaner and ginger cake.
    It tastes like a young grain whisky but it is drinkable, just.
    Actually I am being a little harsh it does get a little better with time, it is a little hot, a little floral, a few cake notes mixed with sweet biscuits and a hint of lime essence.
    I think some of the scores on here are really harsh, I have had much worse whisky in the past.
    The worst part is the taste it leaves in your mouth, a cross between something metallic along with eating paper, the initial finish was ok its just a minute or two after that is the problem.
    • Nose
      67 67
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      55 55

  10. Prof_Dr_John did not rate this whisky Moderator



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