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Tormore 1966 RWD

Overall rating
94.71/100
votes
75
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
it Italy
Added on
26 Jun 2009 12:48 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 44444.84

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Whisky Reviews for Tormore 1966 RWD

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.71 points

  1. 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,

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points 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!

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

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

  10. HansG scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    An epic of sherried single cask malt in my mind.

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