We’re in a hurry this morning, so we don’t have time to write a proper introduction to this whisky – you’ll forgive us, don’t you?, and please remember: if you need infos about Tormore you can just google it, it will work. Released in 2016, this 16 yo is the entry level of Tormore’s core range: matured in ex-bourbon barrels only, it’s supposed to be very good. Let’s test it.
N: hit! It starts with a very pronounced sugary note, almost rummy, with sugar cane, vanilla, honey and toffee, even some ripe oranges and melons and yellow fruit. It kind of stuns you, and then it stuns you again with an explosive tropicality, muscular and sexy at the same time, made of passion fruit and ripe mango. Very pleasant. After a while, a strong woodiness appears.
P: the first knock is made of rich ripe melons, vanilla and honey. There’s quite a big load of yellow fruitiness, very weighty, with some shy tropical notes that have to fight to emerge (tropical juice). Then a weird note, in the middle between raw alcohol and wood, bitter and not integrated, with dried fruit and spices (have you ever tried a Turkish coffee?), that bring you to a finish…
F: …quite ambivalent, in the midst of a sugary bomb, sweet and tropical, and another one way too woody and bitter (without being drying though).
We feel that there’s too much wood here, specially on the palate, and the result is a pleasant whisky, but a bit sickening after a while; shame!, ‘cause everything is very nice. A top nose, a flop palate, or at least disappointing after the promises in the first part; average brings us to 82/100.
Recommended soundtrack: Norah Jones – Black Hole Sun.