Torba Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky ElD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottled for
Velier's 70th Anniversary 2017
Added on
21 May 2017 11:10 am by Callo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 99.20

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Whisky Reviews for Torba Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky ElD

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.75 points

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    What an awesome nose, but unfortunately this whisky under-performs on the palate and then kind of falls apart on the finish. It lightens right up, and the complexity flies out the window. It’s hard to score a whisky like this, where there are parts that I really loved and parts that I really didn’t. I think it balances out in favour of the positives, if only slightly.
    Character-wise, it seems very much like a beefed-up Caol Ila. I wonder what the ratios of each of the components were...?
    What a nose, though. It was reminding me of that peated Brora I once tried.

    Nose: Peppery, coastal peat smoke, with moderate amount of beef jerky seasoned with smoked paprika. It’s earthy too: peat reek, acidic soil, wet hay, spiced malt and dark chocolate. Quite a bit of that barley note, actually. Some sweeter notes of citrus (orange and lime) emerge after a few more minutes, then softer notes of cream, nutmeg, and fresh linen. Some cooked vegetables, or maybe an entire steak pie with mash. Grilled corn slathered in butter. Vaguely solventy at times.

    Palate: Oily texture. Punchy, peaty, and dry. Milk chocolate and caramel up front, the lots of spicy and woody peat smoke. Dried twigs, hay, plantain chips, salt, and cayenne pepper. Slightly soapy towards the back. Apples. Cinnamon, licorice, grapefruit.
    A dribble of water adds pear and coconut, and extends the palate a bit.

    Finish: Medium-light. Orange, grapefruit, jalapeno, and black pepper. Toasted cream, vanilla, and nuts. Waxy. A bit of a weird note right at the end, almost aspartame.

  2. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  3. eaque did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Torba is a blend of some of the most peaty whiskeys in Islay. Elegant and salty, it expresses notes of citrus, lemon and white fruits. This blended malt was bottled exclusively to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Italian Velier trading house in 2017. A limited edition has 1,200 bottles, to the natural degree.
    Whiskey House


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