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The whisky series Monarchy of the Lads – with great labels, it must be said – currently consists of a great Clynelish 1997, the outstanding Springbank 1996, this Tormore 1995 and the recently launched Glenlossie 1992 (which I will try right after this one). Tormore is a picturesque distillery – and a classified building by the way – built in 1958 by Long John Distillers. They produce around 5 million liters per year of which the lion’s share goes to the blenders. Only 32 bottles were filled for the Lads. The Dutch club casQueteers ran off with the rest of the cask. The nose reminds me of Orangina on steroids. Loads of yellow fruit, upholstered with apple juice, honey, mint, marzipan, grapefruit and pineapple. Leave it to breath for a few moments and almonds with dried apricots will be yours to sniff. Pleasant and very inviting. It is mouth coating and waxy, soft on the spices and mildly floral. Rosewater? Then the nuts and yellow fruits kick in in full force. Wonderfully sweet and sour with loads of citrusy notes. Cherries? A bit of oats. Seminole. Nougat. Nicely balanced. The finish is short to medium long, with some barley sugar at the death. Lovely Tormore, clean and fruity. Give it some time to open up on the nose, you will not regret it. Bottle 32 of 32 was added to the collection with a big thank you to Dominic.