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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Tormore Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Tormore Distilling Equipment

Stainless steel Lauter mash tun

8 Stainless steel washbacks,

4 wash stills 4 Spirit stills

Matured in refill American oak bourbon casks stored in warehousing on site


Tormore Malt Whisky Distillery History

Long John Distillers constructed Tormore in the post war whisky boom in 1958 –60 the distillery was the first completely new malt distillery to be built in the Highlands in the 20th century and was obviously intended as a showpiece


It is solidly built in light-coloured granite, however fine details –, fine strip-fenestration on the roof-ridge, great arched windows, stone balustrade – give the distillery considerable style and originality.  A new community was created with its clutch of pretty tied cottages laid out behind


The architect, Sir Albert Richardson a past president of the Royal Academy, succeeded in creating a main building that was different from the classic Highland distillery yet avoided the visual nuisance of the concrete and glass boxes that the rebuilt distilleries were becoming.


A small curling pond was included in the grounds and an attempt was made to disguise the obligatory tall chimney by rendering it as a giant whisky bottle, however there were problems in construction and the idea was abandoned.


Buried in the forecourt of the distillery is a time capsule in the shape of a pot-still, the intention being to open it in the year 2060 Whoever has the pleasure of opening the capsule should have some glasses handy too since there is a tregnum of Long John, the owners’ blended whisky brand, for them to sample


The original two pairs of stills were doubled to four pairs in 1972; each still is fitted with a purifier to lighten the spirit. The malt used to make Tormore is lightly peated and the whisky is matured principally in ex-Bourbon casks.


 (Editorial from the whisky magazine web site Thu 05 Aug 2004)

Distillery village for sale

An entire village of houses next to Tormore Distillery near Grantonon-Spey, Moray, are being sold at offers over £550,000. Originally built to house distillery workers, the new owners will have to learn to live with the distillery clock tower, which plays four different Scottish songs every 15 minutes!


Contributor to Long John blends.


Tormore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

The launch of Tormore 14 Year Old and Tormore 16 Year Old, both produced in limited quantities from a small number of carefully-selected casks, coincides with a new identity for the brand, as it aims to appeal to the growing number of discerning drinkers who appreciate the craft quality and provenance of Speyside single malt whisky.


Neal Corbett, Master Distiller at Tormore Distillery, comments: “The re-design of Tormore and the release of these handcrafted whiskies herald a new era for the distillery, which I am proud to be leading. Tormore 14 Year Old and 16 Year Old showcase the distillery’s smooth signature style, so we hope that both Scotch connoisseurs and discerning drinkers looking to expand their repertoire will enjoy discovering these whiskies in the months to come.”


Tasting notes from Master Distiller, Neal Corbett


Tormore 14 Year Old 43% ABV

Nose: Refreshing citrus and raspberry notes with a background of toasted almonds.

Taste: Sweet with a hint of citrus, followed by an extra level of complexity from liquorice and ginger flavours.

Finish: Long and sweet with a spicy tang.


Tormore 16 Year Old 48% ABV

Nose: Deep and fruity with a tantalising layer of sweet orange and barley sugar. Incredibly smooth and well balanced.

Taste: Juicy and sweet with bursts of ripe melon and pear.

Finish: Long and slightly dry.


Tormore 14 Year Old

Tormore 16 Year Old


Tormore Older Discontiued Bottlings

Tormore 10 Year Old

Tormore 12 Year Old

Tormore 15 Year Old

Tormore  Cask Strength


Tormore Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings.

Angus Dundee



Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & MacPhail

Cumbrae Golden Cask

Mackillops Choice

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),

Signatory Vintage.


Tormore 1996 Single Malt Whisky 43%, 70cl

Distilled 1996 bottled 2007 by Gordon & MacPhail

Presentation Box. Tasting Notes....

Colour: Dark straw.


Neat without water

Nose: Fresh and fragrant with a delicate fruitiness present. With subtle hints of vanilla and defined honey notes.


Palate: Sweet and creamy with hints of liquorice and butterscotch. Creamy and very smooth.


Finish: Long and drying with a hint of pepper.


With Water

Nose: Initially fresh and fruity, sweet with a subtle honey influence and a hint of cinnamon in the background.


Palate: Mouth watering - some pepper, creamy, smooth and defined sweetness.




Long and sweet.


Body: Light to medium.


Cask Type: Refill sherry hogsheads.

Tormore Distillery,

Grantown N Spey,


PH26 3LR

Tel: +44 (0)1807 510244


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Tormore Distillery Visitor Centre Information

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Tormore Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light and delicate. Heather, honey, vanilla, nuts.


Palate: Smooth and sweet. Buttery, malty, raisin toffee.


Finish : A light rounded soft finish

Built in 1959 by Long John Distillers

Location Speyside region central district between Aberlour and Grantown

Water source The Achvochkie Burn.


Tormore Distillery, named after the Gaelic ‘Torra Mhòir’, meaning ‘big hill’, is nestled in the heart of Speyside. Opened in 1960, the distillery was designed by renowned neoclassic architect Sir Albert Richardson and features stone balconies, a copper roof and a musical clock, which led to the distillery being granted listed building status within just 30 years of construction.