Category Archives: Tormore

Tormore 14 y.o. (Batch No. A1409) Review

Tormore 14 y.o. (Batch No. A1409)

43% abv

Score:  81/100


Man, this one is long overdue.  It was a gift from a really good friend of mine.  And not just any gift, but a ‘just because’ gift.  One of those singularly heartwarming occurrences that should have at least merited my having reviewed it in a timely manner.  Not that that was expected or anything, but the public acknowledgment kinda ups the ante on the sincerity of thanks in a way.  Or so I believe, anyway.

Moving on.  Tormore.  A distillery from which we see very little breadth.  In fact, to date, this is the only official bottling I’ve ever seen.  But 14 is a neat little gateway into the heart of this Speyside malt.  A little more mature than most entry level expressions.  We appreciate that.  We’d probably appreciate it a bit more if it was offered at 46%.  Alas, beggars can’t be choosers.  And ultimately – especially for the price point – this is a fairly rewarding dram.  Spectacular?  Not even close.  An evening session dram?  Unquestionably.  Pop the cork with a couple mates and toss it.  Call it a night when the bottle’s dry.

One last note…I love this packaging.  Crisp, clean and elegant looking.  I know that means very little in the grand scheme, but it pleases the hell out of the eye nonetheless.

Nose:  Quite pleasant on the nose.  Almost ‘Fiddich-ish, if I had to compare it to something.  A liberal dousing of citrus.  Hints of apple, orange and cranberry.  Toasted marshmallow, nuts and vanilla.  Sour hard candies.  A drop of rum and a jigger of orange liqueur over sponge cake.

Palate:  Fairly substantial arrival for a 43%er.  Tart and zippy.  Almost wine-y, but not overly so.  Apple, black currant.  A quick note of oily dried fruit right out of the bag.  Fairly malty.  A little too much oak in the mid to back half.

Thoughts:  More a noser than a sipper, but decent all told.


– Images & Words:  Curt

Advent Day 6: 1995 Tormore 18 y.o. (Samaroli)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 6 – December 6th030

1995 Tormore 18 y.o. (Samaroli)

Cask #20260/20262 American Oak

45% abv

Score:  91/100


A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition. 

I know nothing about Tormore.  Literally.  Never tried one.  Never really read much about the distillery either.  So let’s not get bothered about the distillery history or anything here.  That’s not really the point in what I’m doing with these Secret Spirits Advent Calendar reviews.  Suffice it to say I’m tickled pink to be able to add a new distillery to my list.

This ’95 Tormore is another knockout release from Samaroli.  It’s an 18 year old malt composed of two (nearly consecutive) former bourbon barrels.  Quite active barrels, I’d suggest.  There’s a lot of spice and synthetic sweetness coming through on this whisky.   I must admit that this style is generally not particularly to my taste, but this malt is really, really working for me.

I would have loved to have seen this bottled at natural cask strength, but 45% is still a healthy abv, and strong enough to deliver flavours as they were meant to be experienced.

As only 30 bottles of this whisky are hitting the local market, I can only assume that a few hundred bottles will be released in the wider whisky world.  For those with access…this is a malt well worth investing in.

Nose:  Oh, hell, yeah!  At first nosing I’d even guess this to be OLDER than 18 years.  Great soft fruits like green grapes, peach, pink grapefruit and syrupy cocktail.  Cherry and cinnamon.  Chewy ju-jube sort of candy notes.  Body Shop satsuma glycerine soap.  Very, very sweet nose.

Palate:  Sweet and spicy arrival.  Mouthwatering fruits up front, then some wine-like woody notes.  That very same satsuma fruity note.  More on the juicy sweet pink grapefruit.  Dried into pith and oaky notes.  Lovely throughout.

Thoughts:  Tangy, tangy, tangy.  A lot of bourbon influence.  Becomes more and more bourbon-esque over time.  Exceptional cask selection.  Man, what a way to pop my ‘Tormore’ cherry.  Must…find…more.

Bonus:  My mate, Jonathan, and I are gonna blog on these drams side by side through the season.  Here’s a link to his notes on the same whisky at


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Curt