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Tormore Sweet & Smoky CC

Overall rating 9 votes 85.00
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cooper's Choice (CC)
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Port Wine Pipe Finish
Casknumber
9855
Number of bottles
360
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 16 05 17
Added on
17 Jul 2017 8:15 am by Prince Valiant
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

4 × in wishlist

Member rates

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 20
Taste 21
Finish 21
Balance 21

Tastingtags

3 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
05 Nov 2017 9:13 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 84 points

[November, 2017]  This is one these bottlings that really interest me as it sounds like a true innovative experiment:  One of the most classy Speysiders (Tormore) matures in an ex-Islay cask (peaty) and is finally enhanced by a port cask finish.  Sounds engineered?  Of course it is, but maybe the outcome is interesting (or not)...

The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows late slow legs and some sticky tears.  The nose is surprisingly smokey and peaty - is this really induced by just the Islay cask?  I cannot believe this, but if it is it is truly surprising how a cask infuses such bold peaty flavours in an unpeated whisky.  Nonetheless, the nose is somewhat unbalanced as if the cask-induced and spirit-owned aromas all fight each other.  Interesting, but not really delicious (to me).  The mouthfeel is hot (56,5% abv) and somewhat adstringent (heavy tannins) with an unpleasant bitter feeling, this is not to my liking!  The taste itself is quite interesting on all these different flavours of smoke/peat and sweet barley and port wine.  But unfortunately, all these complex aromas are not in sync and again somehow battle to reach dominance.  Interesting to explore but not "lecker".  The finish is very long on mainly peaty-smokey flavours (stunning, if these really just come from the cask influence) in a  sweet barley sugary and port winey environment.  Some drying moments (ashy, metallic), too.  Water smoothes the dram but does not help to pacify the fight of flavours and aromas.  But the dram is easier to drink this way.

A very interesting experiment that unfortunately failed (according to my taste buds).  But please, please keep on doing such experiments as it is so much fun to explore the outcomes (even if they are not the greatest points-wise)...

Weighted Rate
83.8
Nose
85
Initial taste
82
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
84
Presentation
86
There is no accounting for taste...
ARDBERG
Connoisseur ARDBERG Review note
13 Nov 2017 12:43 am
ARDBERG gave this whisky 81 points

Tormore, Islay Cask and Port Wood are in utter disharmony. Most pleasant part is the port.

Not sure why Jesus gave it 96 points in his bible?

Weighted Rate
80.8
Nose
82
Initial taste
80
Body
81
Finish
81
Price
80
Presentation
80
KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
13 Oct 2017 6:49 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Sweet and smoky indeed. Blueberry syrup, peat, spice and dough. A splash of water releases a lighter peachy note.

Taste

Sweet, smoky and peppery. Not only sweetness from the port cask but a pastry-like note from the spirit too.

Finish

Dark chocolate, blueberry and spice.

Comments

How young must it be not to mention its age? But considering its youth and lack of complexity I have to admit that this is a really enjoyable dram.

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