By some weird twist of fate I may have become one of the leading authorities on Tormore. I’m not talking here about the lavish distillery but rather its official produce. Since sitting down at a former distillery cottage on the site with the Tormore brethren, my appreciation of Tormore has grown from the first initial bottling to the current range.
This Tormore was bottled during the ownership of Long John Distilleries who built the distillery at the tail end of the 1950’s to provide whisky for its range of blended Scotches. Long John itself was taken over by Whitbread in 1975 which helps us date this bottle more specifically. As there is no mention of Whitbread it’s very likely this example was bottled prior to 1975. Whilst the label proclaims 10 years old, this will be the minimum age of the whisky within. It’s another certainty that older whiskies from the distillery will be in this recipe.
Distillation didn’t commence until 1961 by all accounts so the window of age will only be a couple of years unlike more recent examples with GlenDronach and Ardbeg who used excessively aged stocked to keep maintain the standard of their core releases. Another consideration is that Tormore’s still’s were doubled in size from 2 to 4 in 1972, so here we have a whisky from the original duo.
Bottled at 43% volume for the Italian market this is one of the rarer expressions of Tormore and frankly the best official bottling I’ve had to date. We know Tormore in the 1960’s is pretty overlooked and rarely seen, but when there is a bottling such as the 1966 Samaroli sherry cask, it can be sensational.
Tormore Pure Malt review
Immediately a top 10 whisky for me. It’s a true eye opener and in all likelihood there are whiskies older than a decade in here but not by that much given the date Tormore starting producing. It begs the question why the current range tastes nothing like this whatsoever? A perfect example of how whisky has changed in the past few decades and not often for the better.