Brand: Tormore 1984 (Archives - The Fishes of Samoa)
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Age: 29 Years
ABV: 51 %
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Sweet, a little Sour as well and Mature. Lots of Fruity Aromas like Apple, Pear, Orange, Pineapple and Mango. I also find Bourbon characteristics such as Vanilla and Cinnamon. Sweet Cake is there along with Toasted Barley, Salted Butter, Dusty Oak, Condensed Milk, Milk Chocolate, Grass, Straw, Mint, Herbal Tea and Lemon. You can still find some Alcohol but nevertheless the Nose of this Tormore is well-balanced and pleasant. Very nice interplay between Cask and Spirit.
Palate: Fruity, Floral, Malty and Spicy with Apple, Orange, Pineapple, Vanilla, Heather Honey, Milk Chocolate, Ginger-Flavoured Tea, Caramel, Cake, Pepper, Nutmeg and Aniseed.
Finish: Quite Long, Sweet at first but Dry in the end. Lots of Fruit and Spices. I find Orange, Tropical Fruit, Sugared Nuts, Vanilla, Sweet Barley, Marzipan, Oak, Pepper and Nutmeg.
No need to add Water to this Tormore.
Nose: 22.5 - Taste: 22 - Finish: 22 - Overall: 22
General Remarks: The Tormore Distillery was founded in 1958 and is located in Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire. Since 2005 it's part of Chivas Brothers/Pernod Ricard. The official Standard Bottling is the 12 Years. Most of the Spirit goes into Blends like Long John, Ballentine's and Cream of the Barley. The Tormore I'm reviewing today was distilled in 1984 when the Distillery still belonged to Whitbread.
The 1984 I am tasting today was distilled in February 1984 and was bottled at Cask Strength in March 2013. It matured in an Ex-Bourbon Barrel with Cask # 3669 out of which 90 bottles were commercialised via the Independent Whisky Bottler Whiskybase in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Archives is their relatively young own label. This Single Malt is naturally coloured and not Chill-Filtered. I'm not sure it's still available at Whiskybase. It quite expensive at around 200 US Dollars.
Drinking Experience Neat: Very Nice.
Conclusion: It's not everyday I taste a 29 Year Old Single Malt! It's also the first time I had a Tormore in my glass. And I liked it. The Nose is well-rounded, balanced and mature. A nice combination of Sweet and (slightly) Sour Fruit, Dairy and Vanilla. On the Palate, the Fruit is joined by Honey and Spices. The Finish is quite Long and remarkably Dry in the end. Cask and Spirit worked well together to create a very nice Single Malt. It is expensive of course but that can't be avoided with most older whiskies. If you like this Flavour profile, have the cash and can find this Tormore, go for it!