Posted on November 25, 2011 | By TheEnabler | Comments Off on Tormore Single Malt Scotch – The Review
Thanksgiving brings us many things to be thankful for, family, friends, the good food we have, and our lives in general, which are fairly good. Most of all, though, we give thanks that on the way to the in-laws we have to drive by a very good liquor store. This time my better half, The Palate, she who must be obeyed as it were, had us pick up a bottle of Scotch. She is a fan of the Speyside district Scotches, so she grabbed a bottle of the Tormore 12 year old. From the Speyside, plus in a lovely blue box.
Amazingly, it is almost drinkable – high praise from me for a Scotch;
Color – a light amber
Nose – Light and sweet. Not much alcohol on the nose but exhale into the glass and it makes your eyes water. (A good sign although this is only an 80 Proof Scotch).
Taste – Very sweet on the front of the tongue. Plenty of vanilla and honey. The tasting notes supplied with the bottle mention a touch of smoke and a citrus tang. We don’t find that. A spicy finish with a little bite might give some that impression.
This is Scotch we would place in the dessert Scotch category, rather than the appertif Scotch category. It would pair well with cheese, or a cigar, or a cigar shaped cheese. Hey, who are we kidding, what doesn’t go well with a cigar? Or a cigar-shaped cheese for that matter.
We would rate this as a very drinkable Scotch, although at $50.00 or more per bottle, you may find things you like better at that price point (See our review on Glen Rothes Alba Reserve)
Drink neat or with just a touch of water. This Scotch is not bold enough to win the fight with a lot of ice.
The Tormore Distillery is a very recent distillery, built in 1958. It was the first new distillery built in the 20th Century in Scotland and the beautiful building was designed by architect Sir Albert Richardson, a fellow and past president of the Royal Academy.