Category Archives: Tormore

Tormore 10-year-old (mid 1990s)

Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 4th December 2013

Ratings:
74/100 – Whisky Fun (June 2009)

A 10-year-old, mid-1990s bottling, which means it was first distilled in the mid-1980s. My other Tormore, the 29-year-old, was distilled in 1984, so a very similar birthday to this bottle. The comparison will be interesting but there’s already some clear differences. The Whisky Fun review for this 10yo mentions ‘caramel’ which the 29-year-old doesn’t have. There’s also a big difference in strength with the 10yo being 43% and the 29yo being 53.9%. I can even that out with water but the higher percentage usually means a fuller taste experience. But it should be a fascinating comparison. I’ll be interested to see if I can spot the added caramel in this 10yo, and what difference 19 years more cask-time has made.

The Tormore distillery is an interesting place. It was constructed between 1958 and 1960 on virgin land with the purpose of being attractive, and is now Grade B listed. Yet, unfortunately, it doesn’t open for visitors. That seems such a waste! Hopefully one day the owners will have a change of heart. Perhaps being relatively young compared to other distilleries they don’t think it has enough history to be interesting but that hasn’t stopped even younger distilleries from opening their doors to the public.

Tormore 10yo 5cl

Tormore 29-year-old

Bought – Whisky Broker, 29th November 2013

Ratings:
86/100 – Whiskybase (average from 6 member votes)

My Christmas day blog post. You’d think I’d have something better to do than this?! But if one of the 3 wise men going to visit Jesus had been a Scot, you can be certain he’d have taken a whisky with him to wet the baby’s head with Joseph. A dram at Christmas to a Scot is like haggis on Burns night. It just is, OK!!! 🙂

I’ve always said I don’t get tempted by the age of a whisky but, I lied. I’ve read and heard several reports over the years that, in general, the best age for a whisky, much like we humans, is in the mid to late teens. Sometimes there can be a magical 25-year-old malt, or a 40yo, etc., but, even when you find them, they command far too much money when you compare their price and quality to a good 15yo. Then I spot this 29yo Tormore, a full 70cl bottle, for £65 from the Whisky Broker. No reviews so it’s a bit of a punt but if one of the bigger independent bottlers were selling it we’d be talking £100+. It seems a bargain, and a chance to taste something with plenty of maturity.

The problem with getting an expensive bottle with lots of age is, can I bring myself to drink it?! The temptation is to hide it away for 10 to 20 years and then sell it for a fortune. Except, I don’t think this is a collector’s piece. For one thing it would be easy to fake the original seal so if I tried to sell it in 20 years, nobody will be sure that the whisky inside is genuine. OK, I’ve convinced myself to drink it – YES! 🙂 And I’ve recently acquired a 10yo Tormore so I’ll have something young from the distillery to compare against.

Happy Christmas!

Tormore 29yo 70cl