Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tasting: That Boutique-Y Whisky Co. Tormore 21 Years - Batch #3

When talking about Tormore distillery the majority of malt enthusiasts quickly reaching for their phones to Google what the hell you are talking about, while the once who have already broken their Tormore virginity, usually starts talking about their favorite independent Tormore bottling.
Like so many other amazing but rather unknown distilleries, Tormore sole purpose was to produce whisky for blended whisky. It was founded in 1960 by Long John International who build the distillery so it could produce malt whisky for its various Long John blends, however, the Tormore malt also quickly became an ingredient for various Ballantine's blends as well. Whitbread & Co. took over Long John International in 1975, who then sold the distillery to Allied Distillers Ltd. in the same year. Allied Distillers Ltd. introduced their Caledonian Malts in 1991, which was meant as an alternative to Diageo’s Classic Malts range – introduced in 1988. The Caledonian Malts originally included Glendronach, Miltonduff, Laphroaig and a 10 years old version of Tormore, but Tormore was later replaced with Scapa. “Yeah, tell me about it?” In 2005 Pernod Ricard bought Allied but transferred the management of the Tormore distillery to The Chivas Brothers who released a 12 years old official bottling to replace the 10 years old version. Somewhere around 2014 two new expressions – a 14 and a 16 years old – was released, which makes, as far as I know, the last official bottlings from Tormore. Since then, we have had to rely upon the independent bottlers to get our Tormore fix.

That Boutique-y Whisky Co. Tormore 21 Years – Batch #3
Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: Tormore
Bottler: That Boutique-Y Whisky Co.
Region: Speyside
Age: 21 Year
Proof/ABV: 46,8%
DK Price: £93/790dkk
Release: Limited 149 bottle release

Points: 89/100

About the label art: Taken directly from That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s website:

If you’re planning a trip up to Scotland to look at all the picturesque distilleries, here’s a hot tip - take a look at Tormore. Beautiful distillery, surrounded by a thick pine forest and it overlooks the River Spey. So beautiful that you might even think we’d put a picture of it on the label of our Tormore, just to show off how pretty it is. Nope. We put a whacking great hill on it instead. It’s got a bird and a plane, too.

As it’s always the case with That Boutique-y Whisky Co. this Tormore comes in a 50cl bottle. It’s an outtake of 149 bottles, bottled at 46,8% ABV, released in February 2018.

Soft-spoken promises of great things to come!
Great summerly note of “Grev Moltke” Pear, like the one that was planted in the garden of my childhood home, indeed that brings out memories! A bit of liquorice, Green Tea, citrus splash, apricot and green apples.   

Amazingly creamy taste of hard pear cider mixed with apple-pie and vanilla bean.  

Medium finish, that lingers on a sugary grapefruit note.  

Overall Impression:
An impressive, elegant and well-balanced dram, which did a world of good for me this evening. 

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: (All rights reserved)

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.