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Jürgen Vromans, aka The Whisky Mercenary, joined forces with the best known bottler in Scotland for his most recent release: Gordon & Macphail. The result is a Tormore 1998, bottled in their Exclusive range. Tormore is a lesser known Speysider with which I do not have all that much experience.
The nose is fairly soft, sweet and herbal. Vanilla and oatmeal, hints of citrus and gooseberries, but also some banana. Pineapple? Grasses and garden herbs, a touch of mint and white fruit. Fresh and alive, in any case. It brightens my day.
It shows a little more power on the palate, with ginger, white pepper and even a pinch of salt. I get some more white fruit now, mostly apples with the skin included. Vanilla is upholstered with some caramel and coconut milk. Honey, too. Midpalate the citrus returns. Aspirine? Very fresh and lively. It dances on the tongue.
The finish is surprisingly long, sweet and spicy with again some mint on the deathbed.
Very fun and especially drinkable Tormore. Available in stores as of 21 September, so do not miss out. Around 65 EUR.