The Tormore distillery was founded in 1958, making this distillery a relatively young one in the history of whisky making in Scotland.
Founded by Schenley international the distillery is not just beautifully designed but is also surrounded with wonderfully kept lawns, lovely white washed walls that sit perfectly within this picturesque setting.
The distillery itself is now classed as a listed building even though in 1986 when it was granted the buildings were less than 30 years old..
Designed by Sir Albert Richardson, a renowned architect, teacher and writer who wrote about architecture and lived from 1880 – 1964. Sir Albert Richardson was a Professor of architecture at University College London and President of the Royal Academy, he was awarded the Royal gold medal for Architecture and was best know for his style of neoclassicism with modernism.
Located within the Speyside region, Tormore distillery is nestled on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and this is where the distillery gets its name with Tormore being taken from the Gaelic word Torra Mhoir which translates to “the big hill” .
With a capacity to produce 4.8 million litres of alcohol per year from a full Lauter mash tun, 11 stainless steel washbacks, and four pairs of stills, this distillery is no small scale producer..
23 Year Old Tormore – The Single Cask
Age.. 23 years
Cask.. Sherry Hogshead (20095A)
Outturn 102 bottles
Nose.. An initial waft of dates, raisins and plum soon give way to orange marmalade, warm cinnamon buns, cinder toffee, honey and a little chocolate..
Palate.. With an initial peppery start, those dark chocolate, coffee and dried fruit notes soon start to take over, toffee, candied orange and tobacco leaf gently mingle in along with manuka honey, cherries and maple syrup..
Finish.. Earthy and drying spices
Thoughts.. Tormore isn’t always the first distillery that comes to mind but the distillery does offer some fantastic whisky, so why is it over looked ?
Like I said above, this distillery isn’t one I or most people look at but why, well to be honest I am not sure, every dram I have had has been good and I always come away thinking I gotta get myself a bottle of this !! several bottles later I still don’t think about Tormore in my whisky searches, its just not sexy..
That said, like so many bottles I have bought on the back of reviews, this is yet another bottle bought.. Yes its good but did I ever doubt it would be ? Nope.. The flavours are robust, the aromas are seductive and the overall package is eye catching..
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Sample kindly provided by The Single Cask..