Distilled in 2000, this whisky was transferred to G&M’s warehouses where it was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, exiting at a cask strength of 58.4% on September 5, 2013. Aromas tend toward the pretty side with grain, vanilla, honey, chili spice, and citrus zest aromas emerging with water. The palate is high toned with flavors tend-ing towards honey, lime meringue, pears, and tropical fruits with a salt and chili pepper medley on the finish. D&M Tasting Notes

Within the Scotch Whisky set of legends, it is said that when famous distillery designer Charles Doig was building Glen Elgin in 1898, he predicted that there would not be a new distillery in Speyside for half a century.His purported statement, legend or life, did end up being true; the Patterson crisis of late 1898 combined with an oversupply of both whisky and distilleries led to a quiet half century in the Speyside, and in fact, for the whole of Scotland.That silence came to an end with the founding of Tormore distillery in 1960.

The founders of Tor-more, Schenley International, set out to make a distillery with impact; both visually and as a much needed boost to their Long John Whisky brands. The corporate owners situated the distillery off the A95 abutting the Craggan More Hill. The name they chose for this new endeavor of theirs was an An-glicized version of the Gaelic Torra Mhòir (the big hill.) The grounds, distillery, cottages and manag-er’s house were all designed by Sir Albert Richardson (of the Royal Academy) for continuity of look
and maximum visual appeal. Clad in white harled, granite dressing stones, and with a copper roof, this is a distillery that looks more Downton Abbey than dunnage warehouse. The clock on the genera-tor house plays four different Scottish songs every quarter hour, and the topiaries on the property are shaped like bells and stills. All of this is to say, this was and remains a hard working distillery. The wa-ter is sourced from the Achvochkie Burn, which flows by the distillery and joins up with the river Spey, one mile distant.

All the washbacks and lauter tuns are stainless steel; there are four wash stills and four spirit stills. The spirit stills are fitted with a purifier, which produces a lighter spirit. The pu-rifier is significant as the vast majority of Tormore’s production goes to blends. While the distillery began life supplying Long John blends, these days much of the production makes its way into Chivas Brothers. With the days growing longer and the temperature getting warmer, this whisky will be a fit-ting accompaniment to your spring and summer.

Tormore 13 Yr Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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