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Between Aberlour and Elgin you can pass a beautiful distillery along the A95. Built ini 1925 by Long John Distillers, it is one of the last that was built in the twentieth century. You can hardly find Tormore as a single malt, unless you check the indies. This is a little gem, bottled by the Belgian The Nectar.
The nose is creamy and sharp at the same time. Resin? Citrus in the lead (think mandarin and bergamot), but also Jonagold apples and a hint of gooseberries. There is something in there that reminds me of nail polish remover (and, no, my wife is not just taking care of her toes). Hints of pepper, touch of vanilla and loads of oak. Water gives it a more mineral character.
Sturdy attack, very spicy. The oak is loud, but he can bear it. The fruit returns, citrus remains the loudest. Prickly. Honey. Ginger. Pepper. Liquorice. Diluting does not really make any big changes, although it does become a little dry.
The finish is long and spicy with a surprising salty finale.
Lovely Tormore, around 165 EUR.