Tormore 1966 RWD

Overall rating
94.70/100
votes
78
Whiskybase ID
WB9189
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Vintage
1966
Bottled
1982
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Samaroli
Market
Italy Italy
Added on
26 jun 2009 12:48 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 41481.61

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78 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Tormore 1966 RWD

22 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.70 points.

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. -sAxo- scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    2022-09-10

  3. SimonOHA scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Not legendary for nothing.
    • Nose
      Dirty nose on caramelized sandy soil. Leather blocks; some oilskin, some not; some tanned, some not. Layers of wood, some of which are varnished. Old dusty bookcase lined with sawdust. The dried fruits are slimy and slightly rancid (in a good way). Nuts roasted in vanilla honey. Sulfur/camphor/smoky silky veil.
    • Taste
      Mouth much fresher and more minty than the nose would suggest. On smoked liquorice, slightly bitter eucalyptus. Burnt caramel. Peat moss and old bandages, subtle, immersed in a bath of dried fruit syrup. Roasted mango and banana juice appear during salivation.
    • Finish
      Final on tire type rubber. Cold tobacco. A slight earthy peat. Dark chocolate as the swigs.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] This is one of the highest rated drams here on WB and finally I am able to check if it is really that good (based on a small sample)...

    ...and it is! But just to put the "out-of-mind" price points of this dram into perspective: There are a lot of other drams from around the same time which offer a very comparable tasting experience, e.g. from Tamnavulin, Tamdhu, Inchgower to mention a few (or the better known sherry monsters from Glen Grant, Glenfarclas or Glendronach). It is not so much the malt which defines this great taste but the unmatched sherry casks available around that time. So if you just want to try such a taste go for other releases without the name "Samaroli" on the label because these are just collector's and Investor's items these days, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is extremely dark at brown sherry and the nose offers a rich and impressive dark oloroso profile. This is a textbook old-style sherry maturation without flaws or off-notes which was bottled at the right time (after 16 years) before the wood turns too aggressive. The mysterious bottle maturation might have improved this dram further, surely. Great stuff to sniff, but it is not unique. There were more drams of this quality out there than most people think but almost all of them have been emptied shortly after they were sold because of its excellent taste (and are forgotten now, almost). But hey, that is what whisky is made for!
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste offers everything a connoisseur of the old-style sherry maturations is looking for, in several well separated layers which are both fun and enjoyable to investigate. The malt plays a walk-on role only but it is not completely buried beneath the heavy sherry flavours, luckily. But to be honest, I am not able to state if this is the best Tormore (malt) ever because of that. But certainly this is the best Tormore bottling I tasted so far, thanks to the perfect sherry casks. It is very comparable to the heavily sherried Tamnavulin from around the same time, e.g. WB id 8777 or the 1967 Inchgower WB id 27095.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery due to the high abv and it coats the whole of my mouth within seconds with a creamy texture (so the spirit was of a high quality too). The finish is long and elaborates further on the different chocolatey and herbal-spicy impressions. No bitter or astringent moments att all, this dram was bottled at the right time. Some drops of water do not make a significant difference and but a bigger splash release even more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate and the good thing these most of these new impressions come from the malt. So I strongly suggest to reduce the dram to about 46% abv (after trying it neat), this is good for an uplift of two points in my score (already included here). This dram is an excellent swimmer - and you gain a bigger sample size, is this not great?

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    For sure complex and great, however, to me this sherry bomb is more on the coffee and herbal side rather than fruity and balanced - thus my rating is probably lower than I expected myself - overall surely excellent!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Very intense, menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, espresso, toffee, acacia honey, old wooden cabinet, heavy sherry wood, spices, nutmeg, cloves, little cinnamon, dried fruits, plums, dates, little brown sugar and molasses, dark chocolate and more - superb!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, very liquorice, subtle sweetness, very spicy, little herbal, more menthol, eucalyptus, little tannic, sherry wood, acacia honey, espresso, toffee, dark chocolate - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, more sherry wood, spicy, more tannic, espresso, dark chocolate, herbal - great!

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruits, tobacco, leather, Demerara sugar, furniture polish, red fruits, perfect sherry

  7. HansG scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    An epic of sherried single cask malt in my mind.

  8. HansG scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    An epic of sherried single cask malt in my mind.

  9. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Extremely complex, great nose, sensational fruitiness and an incredible finish, close to perfection ...
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Score reduced by 1 point as this is just a notch behind the Glen Cawder 1964 SA

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I have been reflecting on my scoring of late and perhaps I have over scored some whisky by 1 or 2 points, maybe more?
    My palate has changed in the last few years but looking back on this one, I think it needs to go up.
    This was definitely a "wow" whisky for me and wow whiskies are above 95 points, this bottle fully deserves that acclaim.

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Brought home a 1cl sample from Old and Rare 2020 in London.
    • Nose
      Thick, sticky tropical fruits. So so fresh, very juicy. Old school sherry deliciousness! Quite a bit camphor. A hint of leather.
    • Taste
      Wow... superb! Can it be anything else? The best that an old school sherry cask can offer. Superb mouthfeel -- thick and luscious. And at 57%, so balanced! Get outta here! Unctuous tropical nectar, elderberry syrup, cherries, grape juice, a hint of dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Sadly, this had to end.

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I have seen some stupid shop prices but none have ever disgusted me until now, 200,000 Singapore Dollars is roughly 130000 euro, unbelievable 130K , they should shot at dawn, this takes greed to a new level.
    I know some people in Singapore are well heeled but this is plain stupid on any level,

  14. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A legendary, better if you enjoy this in a quiet place.
    • Nose
      Jam, dark and rich sherry, almost an extreme sherry monster. Almost rum-like, thick molasses, not mentioning the dark fruits, dried dark fruits etc. Some smoke, intense robust cigar smoke, rotten vegetables, a whiff of peat.
    • Taste
      Very balanced, great! No heavy woods. Lemon and citrus fruits to kick start, very sour, then becoming an interplay between caramel and citrus fruits. More dark fruits and red fruits, fresh and dynamic.
    • Finish
      Long, caramel, leather, dark prune, prune juices.

  15. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Almost perfect, really complex, real sherry monster. One of my best whisky in my life. With water oaks play a bigger role, making this adventure even more thrilling. Cogent sherry, rich fruitiness, fantastic oak and piquant spices in a wonderfully creamy peaty dress. 94/95.
    It's a huge drink, but unfortunately it's very expensive too.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Big sherry, from fino to PX. Fruit basket: red apple, pear, date, raspberry and pomelo. Earth and peat. Antique leather and lacquered wood. Creamy milk caramel. Cocoa and pistachio.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Powerful. Crystal clear sherry, instantly knocked out. Big fruits next to it. Prune, raisin, date and caramelized apple. Peat, tobacco and bitter almond. Honey and citruses. Spicy oak. Pina colada and herbals.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, spicy, fruity, peaty.

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Ok after giving this a massive score baring in mind it is the best vintage wink  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/37257/glenlivet-1967 (98) 

    I need to put it H2H against other whiskies I have rated highly  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9189/tormore-1966-sa (97)  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/glenfiddich-1956-it (96)  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10911/longrow-1974-sa (96) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11867/karuizawa-1967 (95) 

    This is a scoring re-evaluation for me to see if I am scoring correctly, a reset if you like.  Only got time to try neat so here goes, the Glenfiddich 1st as it is the most delicate from memory  

    Glenfiddich it - Fantastic nose but not as complex on the palate as I remember, still lovely?  

    Tormore sa- A young sherry fizz bomb, as its younger there is more fruit, majestic, old glendronach/Glenglassaugh 1st fill cannot hold a candle to this and their high scores appear bogus in comparison.  

    Karuizawa 67 - Good but like Glendronach aged stuff not in the same league but this is better than any Gledronach IMHO (I use Glendronach merely to illustrate a highly regarded aged sherry monster), well its at least on par anyway. Good stuff more bubblegum notes this time. 

    Longrow sa - What a nose this has, one of the best, awesome overall, cannot fault this in any way, perfect but my palate has been smashed by this one.   Will need a break for the Glenlivet  so far 

    NOSE  

    1 - Glenfiddich  2 - Longrow  3 - Tormore  4 - Karuizawa 

    PALATE 

    1 - Longrow  2 - Tormore  2 - Glenfiddich (equal)  4 - Karuizawa 

    At the moment the Glenfiddich and Karuizawa are dropping a point as does the Tormore but the Longrow goes up a point., saying that the nose on the Glenfiddich is at 99p  so where does this Glenlivet fit in? 

    OMG, yes it is still 97p verging on 98, cannot decide but it is a work of art, you know what  I cannot really split the Glenlivet and the longrow but I will give the Glenlivet the nod by a whisker. 

    Holy Cow, what a surprise. 

    Edit  after much deliberation I left the KZ at 95 and the Glenfiddich at 96 as the nose on this is the best out of anyhing I can remember, its a 98 nose at least maybe 99 on sweet coffee.  The Tormore drops a point almost 2 but its only a single point in front of the KZ. The Longrow goes up a point and well deserved and the Glenlivet stays on top at 98, for now anyway, next week I might think differently remember this H2H is just a snapshot in time.

  17. MaltMartin scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    To be honest I had expected a little more of the nose (though it is still complex), but the palate really makes the difference of this whisky. Probably the best Tormore ever bottled. A whisky you'll never forget.
    • Nose
      Old skool sherry with lots of balsamico; more on the 'sour' than on the 'sweet' side of sherry. There is a lot to discover in this whisky.  Stewed pears, prunes and rasberries. Blood oranges. But also smoked ham, burnt wood and old leather. Praline and chocolate at the background. Even whiff of smoke?
    • Taste
      Wow, what a punch! Classic sherry monster with lots of fruitcake, plums, raisins, dried figs and dates. Espresso coffee, dark chocolate and some juicy sandal wood oakiness. Roasted almonds. I also detect hints of humus and fresh mushrooms. Tobacco. I could go on for a long time to sum up what I taste here. It's all very complex.
    • Finish
      Medium long. A little black pepper. Nutmeg. Camphor and pine at the end.

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I am not a sherry head but in my humble opinion sherried whisky cannot get any better than this.

    Actually whisky of any kind will struggle to live with this, my first 97 pointer.

    I will try this H2H with some other old sherry monsters.

    The mouthfeel is something else on this one.

    One word sums this up -perfect.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  19. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    With water (3 small drops):_

    Its basically a jar of perfectly preserved dark mixed fruit jam with sherry, that just about sums it up for the nose.

    The water has made it sweeter and also made the peat more evident bit it still all balanced.

    Finish is longer now, definitely sweeter, lovely.
    • Nose
      No surprise here, its is a basket of dark fruits, blackberry, black cherry, brambles, red apple skins.

      There is a very nice sherry mixing with the fruit and it is growing in power, any more sherry and it would swamp the nose so just about perfect I suppose?

      I detect a little peat in the mix and a few wood notes, on the whole everything is tightly compact and it will be interesting to see what a little what does.
    • Taste
      At first it is just about spot on with a lovely creamy mouth feel and then some peat arrives but it is discreet.

      The power is refined, what I mean by that is when you hold it in your mouth the 57% is evident on the tongue but when you swallow it there is absolutely no burn just a very nice warm rich feeling, that to me is a sign of a perfectly balanced sherry whisky, the distillate is talking in harmony with the cask, neither one has overpowered the other.

      All the fruit that the nose suggested is here but it is even better and there is a lovely jammy taste to it, a perfect mix of dark fruits with a faint hint of rich toffee, dark plum.
    • Finish
      Not hugely long but impressive all the same

  20. japanfan scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Legendary old sherry bottle by Silvano Samaroli. Absolutely the best. WF note: 95

  21. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    【Newyugo san】 scent: coffee cacao sulfur soy sauce flavor: strawberry cherry berry 【2ch people】 Water grape flavor salt latter half Dronax series 【Mr. k67】 Herbal medicine? (It may be the first time) Custard with a strong strong aroma feeling is fun 【Goblin san】 Red grape First transparent soy sauce pineapple feeling of juice and acidity are not so strong So it goes through the throat It's not complicated Soy sauce 【Yuu (female)】 caramel burned sugar apricot with time and delicious cacao chocolate 【TAKEMOTO】 Wheat custard with time Pineapple cocoa rich Sherry from the back but not astringent 【ク リ り ん さ ん】 Kusse butter cream like Ebios tablets and sherry coffee bitter taste of bitter taste with lingering taste from the second half 【TM】 A little soy sauce Coffee good Sherry taste is very good Sherry and fruit and good wheat feeling Dashi soy sauce is good enough 【Girth ー san】 Aroma: Soy sauce potato chips cream Feeling: No complaints! Volume even with delicious water 【Salsaseven】 McCarran? Sherry strong, but I do not feel bad 【げ こ さ ん】 香 香 は カ ラ メ ル っ ぽ い シ ェ リ ー Lightly swallowed the Shaoxing wine fragrance Impression of Shaoxing wine After delicious delicious After a custard http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=16120

  22. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    【Newyugo san】 scent: coffee cacao sulfur soy sauce flavor: strawberry cherry berry 【2ch people】 Water grape flavor salt latter half Dronax series 【Mr. k67】 Herbal medicine? (It may be the first time) Custard with a strong strong aroma feeling is fun 【Goblin san】 Red grape First transparent soy sauce pineapple feeling of juice and acidity are not so strong So it goes through the throat It's not complicated Soy sauce 【Yuu (female)】 caramel burned sugar apricot with time and delicious cacao chocolate 【TAKEMOTO】 Wheat custard with time Pineapple cocoa rich Sherry from the back but not astringent 【ク リ り ん さ ん】 Kusse butter cream like Ebios tablets and sherry coffee bitter taste of bitter taste with lingering taste from the second half 【TM】 A little soy sauce Coffee good Sherry taste is very good Sherry and fruit and good wheat feeling Dashi soy sauce is good enough 【Girth ー san】 Aroma: Soy sauce potato chips cream Feeling: No complaints! Volume even with delicious water 【Salsaseven】 McCarran? Sherry strong, but I do not feel bad 【げ こ さ ん】 香 香 は カ ラ メ ル っ ぽ い シ ェ リ ー Lightly swallowed the Shaoxing wine fragrance Impression of Shaoxing wine After delicious delicious After a custard http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=16120

  23. tebond968 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tormore 16y 1966, 57%, Samaroli 1982, sherry wood . Tormore? Come on! And then only sixteen-year-old Tormore. Bottled by some obscure Mediterranean bottler!
    Mmm ... I mean hallelujah, this is one of the best sherryneuzen I've ever had! Djéé man, just divine. Terribly complex with the most delicious notes of sweet and candied fruit, figs, nuts, tamari, high-end balsamic vinegar, almonds, honey, marzipan, nougat ... Especially lots of dots. On the taste, all this is supplemented with pistachio and a sublime bitter touch. Juicy, mature oak, nuts and resin, but still a lot of fruit, honey and that great balsamic. Very long finish on the most beautiful sherry tones. I can hardly imagine that better Tormore has ever been bottled. 96/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/12/30/en-dan-was-er-nog-die-kersttasting/

  24. whioli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  25. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/samaroli-weihnachtstasting-vier-edel-whiskys-und-eine-ueberraschung-31345/

    Color: mahogany
    Nose: Very creamy and fat, molasses, jam with blueberries, plums and ripe mirabelle. Raisins, balsamic vinegar, tobacco, white pepper and a lot of salt; perfectly embedded in the heavy fruit flavors.
    Taste: Spicy tobacco, salty smoke, dark chocolate and again heavy, fruity jam. In addition aromas of herbal tea. More and more powerful and endless fat mouthfeel. Unbelievable, here we are already high on the ladder.
    Finish: Megalang, yes, infinite! Aromas of whole milk chocolate with sea salt and creamy cocoa cream juggle with dried herbs and super delicious wood flavors. Back and forth; harmonious and perfectly balanced!
    Remark: A lace paint without any false sound; Hammer!
    96 points (nose: 95 / taste: 97 / finish: 96)

  26. Dede scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I now know why this whisky is mythical.
    • Nose
      What complexity !! If the first nose goes on cherries with brandy, multiple aromas follow suit: praline, coffee, dried apricots, candied figs. It continues to evolve to arrive on notes evoking an excellent dry sherry or a yellow wine, with nuts, this characteristic acidity, and balsamic vinegar. Finally, we come to tobacco, leather, rancio. A complete panel of what a cask sherry can offer better.
    • Taste
      Old, but not tired !! What power ! A concentrated dry sherry, a perfectly controlled oakiness, a beautiful bitterness cocoa that balances the acidity of tangerine and balsamic vinegar, mountain herb liqueur and the subtly metallic notes of the OBE. All superbly balanced.
    • Finish
      Long, developing a beautiful bitterness, on the walnut kernel and always this superb dry sherry, fino or amontillado.

  27. Jeep51 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A top sherry! Powerful, explosive, mastered. top
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried fruits (grapes especially, but also apricots, figs), balsamic vinegar, many (but not too much) tobacco. Very old wood, old leather. It's really good. Powerful, mastered. Light smells of glue appear with aeration
    • Taste
      So here I say yes! What explosiveness! Super sherry, everything is there, with mainly notes of noble wood, chocolate, raspberry ganache, It is very dry but really perfectly balanced. There is also a metallic, mechanical side. Very big whisky!
    • Finish
      Very long on the same aromas as the mouth.

  28. tomy63 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The almost perfect sherry. Superb selection as often with old Samaroli.
    • Nose
      it needs a lot of time and a few drops of water, then more and more expressive, with balsamic vinegar, walnuts, figs, dates, plum, nougat, almonds, chocolate, coffee and dried fruits. A noble wood side and leather too. Very nice nose.
    • Taste
      very sherry, quite powerful, perfectly integrated alcohol, old wood, leather, lots of fruits, dark chocolate, raisins, almond ... In the nose.
    • Finish
      very long, dried fruit, cocoa, spices, but an old furniture side that distinguishes it from other sherrys. A slight melted / OBE side on the end.

  29. magic_slim scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Unbelievable. The best Tormore that was ever bottled. Absolutely fantastic sherry - must have been an exceptional cask, one in a million. Same quality level as the best Macallans.
    Tasted at the Lindores Whiskyfest 2009.
    • Nose
      Sherry and raisins. Simply fantastic, words cannot describe.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Highest possible level of sherry quality.
    • Finish
      Extremely long. Espresso.

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