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Tormore Distillery, Speyside
Tormore is a relatively young Speyside whisky distillery, founded in 1960 primarily to produce whisky for use in Long John blends, and soon after the Tormore malt was also used among Ballantine’s blends. In 1991 Tormore was one of the whiskies included in the ‘Caledonian Malts,’ alongside Glendronach, Laphroaig and Miltonduff.
Tormore produces a few distillery bottlings, including a 10yo, 15yo and Cask Strength malt. Other independent bottlings are more commonplace.
There is a time capsule buried in the forecourt of the distillery which is meant to be opened in 2060, and it contains, among other things, a tregnum of Long John blend, which, after 100 years of aging, should be a formidable drink for the person lucky enough to unearth the capsule.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.