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Tormore 18 Year Old 1996 Gordon & Macphail Reserve

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Sep 2017


Tormore 18 Year Old 1996 Gordon & Macphail Reserve
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This spirit was distilled in 1996 behind the magnificent and classified facade of the Tormore distillery. Van Wees, a Dutch indie bottler, bought this cask at Gordon & Macphail. After slumbering for 18 years in a refill bourbon cask, it was cut to 46% and bottled. Succulent and honeysweet nose on toffee, vanilla and white orchard fruit. Sirop de Liège. Hint of white chocolate. Apple sauce. Hint of potato peels and even some autumn leafs. I quite like it. It is less sweet on the palate, but rather spicy and green, if you know what I mean. All kinds of garden herbs, but also pepper from the mill and ginger before the apples cick in. I get some pineapple and grapefruit as well. Litchi wine, like I sometimes order in a Chinese restaurant. Not unpleasant. The finish is long and remains sweet with a peppery bit at the death. Well, I could have done a lot worse in my tenth encounter with Tormore.

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MadSingleMalt commented

@markjedi1, the "magnificent and classified facade of the Tormore distillery"? I'm intrigued—what are you alluding to there?

And you've had ten Tormores? Wow—that's ten more than I! What do you think it's general character is? Or—more to the specific motive behind my question—if you had to guess what to expect from an old ex-bourbon IB of around ~10 years of age collecting dust at a local bottle shop, what do you think it might be like? Just generic (not in bad way) unpeated ex-bourbon scotch single malt?

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markjedi1 commented

@MadSingleMalt I am alluding to the actual building, which is a 'protected' building. It's really magnificent. Google for a pic, you'll see what I mean. Truth be told, I have not yet been able to pinpoint the distillery character. I've had ten so far, and they differ quite a bit. I do find it a quite herbal & floral malt, if you know what I mean. And often - especially bourbon cask matured - on the tropical fruity side.

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