The Schtick: This was a bottle that I tried blind at the behest of a friend. I took the notes and then got the reveal.
Bottler: Old Malt Cask, Hunter Laing
ABV: 50% ABV
Age: 28 Years
Nose: Apples, pears, honey. Damp, musty tobacco. Fresh baked bread. Vanilla cream. Light creme brulee presence. Faintly sour fruits, mildly lactic. Brine, maritime air.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. No real heat. Nicely ashy – very wood forward, burning trees and pepper. Faint lemon lime. Orange zest. More burning wood, faint astringency but not bitter. Light sweetness, but mostly dominated by the ashy peat smoke.
Finish: Short to medium length, rich and ashy. Some faint tobacco, more dominant wood structure here, long and rich.
Overall + Guess: This is an interesting dram in that it is so vibrantly sweet, fruity and almost lactic on the nose, but the palate introduces strong smoke that carries through the dominate the finish. The smoke and the lime lead me to believe this is definitely Ardbeg. If not Ardbeg, potentially an older Caol Ila, or maybe something from Springbank, although I’m less confident on that one. The lactic note screams Bruichladdich but this didn’t have that vegetal BBQ smoke that often accompanies. I’m guessing an older Ardbeg, around 50% ABV and 14-18 years old. I’m prepared to be demolished on the age guess.
Reveal: Tormore 28yr OMC Hunter Laing 1988. Wow. This was really nice, but crazy funky. I definitely mistook a lot of the earthy, minerality that Tormore can bring as a light smoke. This pulled me in all sorts of directions – all of them interesting. Really cool dram.
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Other Tormore Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #1092 – Tormore 28yr Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask 1988
- Review #887 – Tormore 14yr Gordon & MacPhail 2002 Cote-Rotie Finish