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Torabhaig 2017

Overall rating
84.57/100
votes
518
Whiskybase ID
WB174003
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Legacy Series - The Inaugural Release
Vintage
2017
Bottled
2020+2021
Calculated age
03 years old
Casktype
First Fill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
32000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
2021-01-14 01
Barcode
5060033848005
Added on
08 Jan 2021 9:07 am by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 154.21

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518 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Torabhaig 2017

102 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.57 points

  1. Steel&Fire did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    No more bottle flippers needed if even official Whisky stockists participate in that ripp-off and try to sell this Whisky for double and tripple the RRP.
    180 E at Kuhns Trink Genuss
    100 E at whisky.de

    Enough other fine whiskies on the market to spend your money for.

  2. whisky313 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Torabhaig, the second legal distillery on the Isle of Skye,
    brings the "Inaugural Release" onto the market in February 2021. The first bottling of the "Legacy Series" 2017 is a peated single malt.

    3600 bottles for the German market - RRP € 59.99

    1200 bottles for the Swiss market - RRP 65.50 CHF

  3. rsprong scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Not a bad whisky but nothing special, even hardly worth the the retail price, perhaps if it was cask strenght? Really pathetic those people who try to sell right away for double. Remember that for this retail price you can also have an Ardbeg Uigeadail...just saying.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Calm down people, its £50 to be released globally on the 19th of February.

    Serge gave 88, but don't raise the price already. Come on.

  5. Campie did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Just bought a bottle at a local store of a well-known Dutch chain (sold out online) for 53.99 euro and opened it the minute I got home (hah!)
    #daydrinking because what else can you do during a pandemic ;)
    #let's ban stores and individual sellers who double/triple the RRP from Whiskybase!

  6. Syleo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I would never have guessed a 3-year inaugural release here. Nose and taste have quite impetuous young traits, which, however, are entertainingly interwoven with each other through the sweetness-flavor balance and the sooty smoke - which is often credited to the young "smokers"; and so at times I couldn't help thinking of young Caol Ilas.

    In any case, I've already had a number of 10-year-olds in my glass who had significantly less to offer. The 46% is also ideal for my taste, neither thin nor watery nor too sharp in the overall profile. Maybe I'm not as euphoric as Serge, for example, but in my book I definitely have a very nice 85+, especially since he maintains the level consistently and none of the aspects of nosing, tasting or finish really breaks down compared to the other impressions.
    • Nose
      88 88
      As expected, the just over three years in First Fill Bourbon Barrels have not yet brought much color into the game: A light straw gold fills the glass, but a nicely pointed smoky note immediately emerges from it. Cold, wet charcoal from the campfire on the beach, a maritime hint of salt and algae resonates - or is that a self-fulfilling prophecy for a Skye malt?

      In any case, the sweetness and freshness that are quickly woven into the iodine-containing smoky note are not imagined: tropical fruits, dried mango and a lot of banana, some pear and tangerine under a very light blanket of vanilla sugar. In addition this herbal freshness, birch leaves and pasture grass. Smoky, fresh, herbaceous-minty and fruity, the impressions alternate again and again. Overall, after a slightly perfumed start of fresh bed linen, which fortunately is quickly held in check by the herbaceous peat, the fruity side prevails as dominant.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Vanilla and gentle smoke settle on the palate, now clearly spicy like the soot on an enamel cup that has spent a few hours over the campfire. Pear peel, mango and tangerine come back with a bit of a tingling sensation, are covered again by the soot, and then swirl, as in the nose, into a never really bitter but increasingly tart and herbaceous-pointed character.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet smoke also remains in the finish, not as dark as coal, rather charred sticks and angular soot, herb candies and dried fruit bowls will keep the ex-bourbon cask legacy in mind for quite a while.

  7. Cerebral15 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Pushes the line on how good a 3yo whisky can be for me! is a great dram at a great price point. This distillery has a bright future

  8. Jonathan13 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    As it is from Skye island, I was impatient to try this one. Fresh, smoky, fruity, finely peated, but not as complex as I would like, the finish is quite fast. The bottle is a bit pricy, I would suggest that buying it is more supporting the new distillery than getting an exceptional bottle.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    How nice that it lacks all the "schnapps" of a young whisky: no pear water, no metallic taste on the mouth, no association: 'fruit schnapps'. The finish is quite short, but hey, at three years. It does a lot right in the nose and on the tongue, so you can really look forward to further developments.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Interesting that the smoke note can be perceived much more intensely at a distance of about one meter than with the prongs directly above the glass ...
      Light fruit notes and pepper at the beginning, as if there were green apples, tangerines and apricots. Some fresh hay with mixed in wild herbs. Appears on the nose older than three years, or it does not have any overly youthful aromas. Warm vanilla pudding, marzipan bread.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Despite his only 46% progressing pretty well, then the youth makes itself noticeable. Nice pepper spice in the dry start, with nutmeg, clove powder and thyme. Pleasantly "fat" smoke. Slightly floral notes, but ultimately ending with ripe apples, mandarins and sweet oranges. Coffee with milk, toffee, fresh cookie dough. Vanilla, sweet rapeseed honey. Pleasantly spicy throughout.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short finish - but not too short, rather exceeding expectations and even tending to be medium-long. Pepper, nutmeg, fading smoke. Finally, warm chocolate cake.

  10. Alterjoe scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A special feature stands out for me in the design. The malt of the Torabhaig contains a phenol content of 50ppm. So in some cases more than some representatives from Islay and thus significantly more than the neighboring distillery on Skye. The malt only matured in bourbon casks.

    Colour:
    The color in the glass is partly reminiscent of a white wine. I would call them pale gold. For a boy, the whisky draws malt down the glass very slowly, creating beautiful “church windows”. So it seems to have a certain oiliness. I hope he can confirm this in his mouth.

    Nose:
    The first thing you notice in the nose is of course the smoke. For me, however, it is clearly different and not as engaging as from other representatives. After a very, very short time, the smoke fades into the background and I get a full fruit basket with light-colored fruits. From bananas, to pears and apples, everything is there. The banana dominates here for me. This can also be due to the fact that the malt always seems sweeter to me. Behind it herbs and, very slightly, alcohol. Reminds me a little of a young Lagavulin, even if the smoke was different here.

    Taste:
    Here, too, the smoke spreads first on the tongue and fills the entire oral cavity. A nice start. Then it gets sweeter. The pears and apples show up here too. Herbal candies with a hint of anise. The alcohol is palpable and slightly spicy. Here the malt cannot hide its youth. A little metallic, but not a lot because there is likely a lot of smoke to be obscured. Then the pears again.

    Departure:
    Is nice and long with herbal notes, spices and a light, very pleasant bitterness.

    Conclusion:
    I think it's a very successful first release. For me it is a good, young malt that doesn't have to hide behind the competition. Can you pay the issue price for this? A resounding YES from me. If you like it smoky, wild and fruity, this is the right place. Is it worth the sometimes three-digit rates? For me here a clear NO.

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