N: 2,4,6-trichloroanisole [or TCA for short], is otherwise known as [malty] cardboard. This doesn’t sound like a great start but I think this is decent enough whisky. Not sure any distillery would aim for cardboard as a character note, but for me it’s not automatically a negative by default, and cardboard evokes nostalgia in me which helps the cause. As a child I would cardboard boxes into arcade games, pinball machines, coconut shy’s, shop tills and the like. Later in life, cardboard has become synonymous with anticipated whisky deliveries. On the other hand, cardboard in whisky can suggest the spirit has become stale, part oxidised or corked. Further reading: https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/ask-the-professor/10349/is-there-such-a-thing-as-corked-whisky/. Now where was I?
Furthermore, we’ve bread & butter pudding, butter biscuits/milk biscuits, warm & flaking/peeling thick [white] emulsion and milky-chalk. That’s a fair picture.T: Egg white=takeaway cardboard [curry>pizza container/box], leading to an edgy middle - though water helps relax it. Now we’ve more of those butter biscuits with a little grated white cabbage. Becomes decidedly waxy/milky/malty on the turn.
F: Cardboard-y icing sugar with a well tempered vegetal/mineral edginess. Concludes with an aniseed & rocket buckwheat arancini - another one for the cookbook.
C: TCA/no TCA, this a decent single cask Tormore. [Old] Deanston-like in someways.
Scores a B-