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This is the first Tormore that Malts of Scotland has bottled. And it has a nice age statement. It matured on a sherry butt for no less than 24 years. First fill, judging by the colour. This picturesque distillery along the A95 is currently owned by Chivas Brothers. Between November 2011 and January 2012 it was closed for renovation and expansion. Today, they can produce 5 million litres per annum.
The nose is very sweet and mildly spicy and yet the sherry has not overpowered the spirit. Besides the ubiquitous aromas like dades and prunes, but also a spoonful of balsamic, I also get sweet vanilla, caramel and loads of dark honey. Very syrupy stuff. Light hints of oxo. Marzipan with nuts. Roast beef! Light candy syrup. Plums. Cacao. Reminds me of Banyuls, the French fortified wines. This is very, very enjoyable.
The palate is very creamy and feisty. Loads of sweetness and cloves. The sherryinfluence is great and even makes it slightly exotic. All kinds of dried, dark fruits. Plums and cacao, again. A light bitterness makes for a good balance.
The finish is long, sweet and spicy, with a twig of thyme.
What a contrast with that older official bottling. The nose, especially, was simply outstanding. Around 125 EUR. One to put under the Christmas tree.