Tormore is a young, but beautiful distillery. It was founded in 1958 by Long John Distillers. We are trying one of the new releases from North Star Spirits: a Tormore 27 year Old 1988 that was finished on a Madeira cask. Madeire is actually the Portugese word for wood. It is a fortified wine that can be kept for a long time, produced on the island of the same name, under Portuguese government, at some 700 kilometers west of the African coast.
The nose is fruity, but mostly very green and herbal. Think resin, pine needles and ferns. Then some fresh apple juice kicks in. Some grapefruit appears (is that the Madeira at work?) as does honey. Becomes more and more fruity if you leave it to breath a while. I also get notes of semolina and nougat.
The arrival is surprisingly soft but quite oily. Mouth coating. Soft on the spices. Mildly floral. Citrus appears, with some ginger, pepepr and liquiorice root. Somewhat drying.
The finish is nicely long and spicy and at the death I get a totally unexpected salty twist. Or is my mind playing games with me now?
This was only my tenth Tormore so far, but I quite liked it. The Madeira cask gave it a nice sweet and sour twist on the palate.