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G&M Tormore 2002 Cote Rotie
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This is a Cote Rotie wine finished Tormore, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2016 at 45%. It is a fine example of a good wine finish, which in my humble opinion is a rarity. Wine cask maturation and finishing often is over the top and unpleasant. That is not even remotely the case with this one!

Andrew's Tasting Note

Nose: more sherry cask than wine cask to start; very Christmassy and dark chocolate-y, before the big wine gums and leathery, peppery tones take over; burnt quince paste, Demerara rum notes and falvoured tobacco.

Palate: big, rich, fruity and spicy with a crisp-earthy-leathery backbone; the flavours still lean more towards classic sherry than wine with some dark fruits, but the leathery, earthy wine tones quickly pick up the slack; it settles down into a wine-y profile with peppery spices laid overtop of a fragile vanilla base.

Finish: medium in length, it is big and bold at first but quickly settles down and slowly mellows.

Comment: I am not a fan of most wine cask matured or finished whiskies, but this one has been deftly done; this would be a great whisky for pairing with cigars!

Producer's Tasting Note

"Nose without Water Sweet vanilla aromas mingle with sticky prunes, apple, and fresh grapefruit notes. A touch of ginger and cocoa powder develop. Palate without Water Sweet and creamy with soft spiced apple, butterscotch, and tangerine flavours. An earthy undertone develops with toasted oak and brazil nut. Nose with Water Vanilla, blackberries, and rhubarb aromas mingle with tart raspberry and zesty lime. Palate with Water Intense sweetness initially, followed by baked apple pie flavours with a touch of spice. The finish is slightly drying with oak and lime. Body Medium. Finish Medium; sweet and fruity."

About Tormore (Courtesy Gordon Macphail)

"Despite its Victorian futurist style, Tormore distillery was actually founded in 1958, and was the first new distillery to be built in Speyside during the 20th century.

"The physical building is about as eye catching as a distillery can be, evoking Jules Verne and Roald Dhal in one go; it was intended to be a ‘showpiece’ and the distillery has crisp white buildings with ornate features, a fountain, a curling lake and decorative landscaping."

700 ml