Monday, February 08, 2010

this whisky will suit you to a T

Today's whisky bargain: Tormore 12-year-old, available in Morrison's for around £16. Which is phenomenally cheap, really.

There are quite a few Scotch whisky distilleries beginning with "T", but there is a school of thought which asserts that, apart from the mighty Talisker, none of them are any good. Most of them are fairly obscure - apart from Talisker and Tomatin, once the biggest distillery in Scotland, there's Tamdhu, Tamnavulin, Teaninich, Tobermory, Tomintoul, Tormore and Tullibardine. A few of them are also quite new - Tullibardine was opened in 1949, Tormore and Tomintoul in the mid-1960s.

Tormore is a Speysider, like the Aberlour and the Macallan. It's lighter than both of those, though - not dissimilar to the Aberlour in many ways, particularly in the marzipan that you get when you have a sniff. When you have a sip, though, it's a bit less sweet and cloying and a bit more citrus-y, with a bit of iced tea in there as well. Opinions differ as to its merits, but I think it's quite good (better than the Aberlour, for instance). It's nothing like as characterful as the Highland Park or the Talisker, but there's really nothing wrong with it. Probably a good one for the whisky beginner. And it is really really cheap.

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