Hunter Laing Tormore Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tormore

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 (26 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Sherry Finish

Code: OMC2478/ Dist: Nov 1988 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Quite malty for a Tormore with hints of treacle, herbs and dried sherried fruit. Good maturity with some oxidised dried fruit joining the light sherry.

Soft, and sweetly spiced on the palate with Armagnac-esque dried fruit and walnuts. Like the nose it is quite malty and rich with a pleasant grassy, herbal and spicy finish. Again pleasantly mature.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 (27 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2558/ HL12239

Dist: Nov 1988 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Beautiful aromas of luscious dried prune and apricot, liberally coated in syrup. Deep, aromatic, dusty oak vanillins and barley follows along with juicy date, fig and almost tropical melon. The sherry notes are very subtle and slightly herbal, but they add a subtle, but intense peppery spiciness.

Lovely weight to the palate with dried plum, prune, apricot and raisin. Extremely juicy and elegant with layers of subtle sherry character and hints of liquorice, almond and walnut. Lovely vibrancy with gentle spice and a touch of dark chocolate. Long and remaining juicy with lingering dried fruit and loads of sweet tobacco smoke, cocoa powder and treacle. Ooooh, that’s seriously smoky now!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 (28 year old) 50%

Sherry Butt/ OMC2622/ Dist: Oct 1988 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Lovely aromas of burnt rubber, burnt toast and sulphur! (Obviously I was being factious!)

Rough and murky with bitter oak, citrus and wet cereal. A touch of vanilla attempts to lighten but fails miserably. Shot, hot and acerbic with lingering decaying rose petals. It’s dead Jim!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 (28 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2646/ Dist: Nov 1988 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

Malt biscuits and toasted cereal on the nose with hard barley, baked fruit and herbal rye-like notes along with some oily, old marc-like notes. To be honest it feels like the spirit is creaking.

The palate is very much like the nose. Malt biscuits, decaying, old rose petal marc and hints of sugar water. I’m afraid that this is old and knackered. Short, slightly mineral with a green fruit finish and finally a little honey. The finish is its best feature!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 (28 year old) 50%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2737/ HL14481

Dist: Nov 1988 Btl: Nov 2017/ Tasted: Feb 2018

A dense nose but quite light and elegant with dark honey, treacle and Armagnac-esque dried fruit. Hints of warm vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg appear, along with dark chocolate, coffee and some ascetic/ citric notes.

The palate displays a good richness of sweet, riaisnated fruit with hints of treacle and tar. Light citrus and mineral notes freshen the middle but the finish is quite woody and tannic with a very slight bitterness. Good length though with lingering treacle and caramelised orange.



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