Tormore 20 Years Old Berry Bros & Rudd Cask:100152 51.5% 1992
|Bottler||Berry Bros & Rudd|
Built in 1958, Tormore was one of the first new distilleries to appear during the post-World War II Scotch boom. The beauty and uniqueness of its architectural design were recognized in 1986 when the distillery was granted listed building status, despite being less than 30 years old.
Tormore Distillery was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Albert Richardson. Sir Albert Richardson (1880-1964) was one of the leading architects of his time in Britain, and was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He was known for his architectural style which combines neoclassicism with modernism.
This style is apparent in the design of the Tormore Distillery where the traditional stone balconies and the copper roof, which has gradually weathered to a deep green colour, sit alongside clean, sharp edges and minimalist gardens.
Serge Valentin (79)
Nose: we’re much closer to raw barley this time, it’s even slightly feinty at first nosing. Yoghurt sauce, custard, apple peelings and just touches of Swiss cheese, then faint touches of wine vinegar and some fresh oak (broken branches). Not the most mature, I’d say. With water: becomes cleaner but also more varnishy.
Mouth (neat): much, much more interesting than on the nose. Very nice start on mossy, grassy tones, earthy tea, ginseng, cardamom seeds… Then we have more green apples and truckloads of gooseberries and greengages. Now I understand why they bottled this baby ;-). With water: more earth and grass.
Finish: quite long, from green apples to angelica and grass.
Comments: I think the nose was a little difficult but I really enjoyed the palate