Tormore is one of those distilleries that you have heard of but barely see any bottles from. It’s a beautiful distillery, designed by the famous architect Sir Albert Richardson. I’ll be trying an independent release from the Dutch bottler Van Wees in their well-known The Ultimate series. The sherry butt yielded no less than 557 bottles.
The nose is quite alcoholic, despite the modest ABV. It needs a lot of time to reveal its secrets, but if you are patient enough, you’ll discover quite a nice panoply of aromas. Cherries, almonds, red apples, raisins, blue plums… yes, this is a summery fruit basket! And the whole is drenched in dark honey and berry syrup. I quite like this.
This continues on the palate. Very fruity and sweet, upholstered with some spices such as nutmeg and pepper. Then a hint of coffee grounds and chili follows, but it’s mostly the cherries and oranges that capture your attention. A lot of sherry influence, but it works very good.
The finish is lovely and long, fruity and spicy, all-in all very good.
A well balanced Tormore that puts a smile on my face.