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Tormore 26 Year Old 1988 The Ultimate


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Apr 2019


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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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.

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