This is my first Tormore ever. I know that it is in the Speyside, that its malt largely goes into the blends in owners Pernod-Ricard’s portfolio and that it doesn’t have much of a reputation–and that is pretty much it. Therefore, I will not be able to tell you if this bottling–in Whiskybase’s Archives series–is representative or an outlier.
Tormore 29, 1984 (51%; Archives, “Fishes of Samoa”; Barrel No. 3669; from a purchased sample)
Nose: Malty, slightly grassy sweetness. A touch of lime below that which expands along with the maltiness; some salt too now. After a minute or two the lime is ascendant and is rather nice–mellow, not terribly acidic. With a lot more time the lime fades some and there’s some indistinct fruity sweetness now. With a drop or three of water there’s an expanding butteriness (with a little bit of vanilla).
Palate: Starts out sweeter than on the nose with some floral hints but there’s the lime–more intense than on the nose. More fruit here too as I swallow; the lime gives way to peaches first and then it turns a touch tropical with some tinned pineapple and just a hint of tart mango. Nice, thick mouthfeel. Gets spicier as it goes. Water pulls out more of the spice and pairs it with the acid from the citrus. The fruit does recede some.
Finish: Long. It is here that the oak makes its presence felt as the fruit fades out–toasted wood, a little spicy. More sweetness with water.
Comments: The nose led me to think that this would be a middling malt but it explodes on the palate. The finish is a little weak again. Pass on water, I think. Okay, must try more Tormore. Anyone have any recommendations? This is still available, by the way, but I can’t decide if I want a full bottle.
Rating: 88 points.