Tormore 14 year old, 43%

Price: $55 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Light amber. The nose offers up walnut bread, spelt flour, and a green, malty note. Overall, it's slightly unyielding, with toasted oak, hazelnut, and barley. Water opens up a sweeter core: Lucozade, apricot kernel, and barley. The palate is where the apricot flesh turns up, but then it firms up quickly, snuffing that moment of levity out. Water introduces lemon before it becomes very gingery on the finish. It's the thing about Tormore; it just can't let itself go. (France only)€42