Despite this great encounter Tormore never belonged to my favourite distilleries because its profile is completely designed to fit blenders needs (that usually are different from what single malt drinkers prefer). Nevertheless I try a Tormore bottling from time to time and sometimes there are really nice ones. This one was rated very high (95 points) by Jim so this is a good opportunity to check if my taste buds are charmed by this dram as well.
Oops, this is a nice surprise and a very quaffable dram! Not 95 points in my system but a solid 88. As there are yearly releases of this 16-year old Tormore one should always check the batch number (here B1309 for September, 2013) - I am not sure if all the other tasting notes here really refer to this batch (later batches are not that good)...
The colour is burnished and the texture shows a small sticky ring at the top of the glass that slowly builds fat tears with slow legs. The nose is nicely fruity both on home-grown (apples, pears) as well as exotic (oranges, guava) fruits in a delicious barley sugary and spicy wooden setting. I like this!
The taste is fruity-sugary sweet and creamy/chewable. Not the most complex but really delicious.
The whisky arrives warming and coating in the mouth with just minor peppery moments that are not distracting. The finish is long and adds more wooden spices that turn a little dry at the very end. Water is not needed.