Tormore is a rather new and unknown distillery, at least to me. To see a 28 year old bottling at over 60% abv makes me wonder what exactly they are doing there. Was this the most dense cask ever, or did they fill the bourbon barrel at a significantly higher strength than the usual 63.5%? I think we’ll never know…
Apples at first, and polished wood. Then I get a weird sense of deep frier fat with chips/fries and donuts. There a little hint of something fresh but mostly I get those greasy pub meal notes. The freshness comes back a bit later. Maybe some mint or so. Wood and a hint of spice as well.
The flavour starts a bit thin, but I think that is my mouth getting around that 60% abv. It gets thicker after a few seconds. Polished wood again, old corky apples and deep friers. A greasy continuation of what came before.
The finish is, all of a sudden, very fruity with apples and grapes, green plums. Fairly light compared to the nose and palate. There is some thickness in the vanilla that I find now.
This is a very strange whisky. The first time I tried it I really liked it. The second time a bit less with all those donuts and chips notes. Still not a bad whisky, but one that is just rather weird. When I read the tasting notes I think I picked up certain hints of frier greasy that the guys at Master of Malt call cream. I can see how that works since they both feel thick and fatty.
Oh, the ABV is well contained within the flavours. It didn’t feel all that hot and such. Nicely done.
Tormore 28, 60.2%, Master of Malt. Available in their webshop for £ 99.95. There’s samples available too, for only £ 6.86.
Official sample provided by Master of Malt.