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Torfa is a new 2014 release from Glenglassaugh. Fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels and peated to 20ppm, this is the first peated whisky from this revived distillery.Tasting Notes (2)
- Black Pepper
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
A little bacony to start, but packed with sweet and candied notes behind that – Werther’s Originals, rhubarb & custards, strawberries and cream boiled sweets, fudge and good old vanilla toffee. With time, the bacon smoke becomes more leafy, with spicy brown leaves and sharp green ones mixed up with a bit of bark and some earthiness.
Sour to start, with some on-the-turn butter, pine needles, pink custard and a bucket of burning leaves and flowers. That smokiness comes with rich earth, liquorice and fruity dark chocolate, continuing on through gravel to fresh fruit. Behind the smoke, apart from a pinch of vanilla, it’s all spirit character, with sour orchard fruit and a hit of youthful heat.
A burst of farmyard muckiness (in a good way), leads to stony fire pits and stacks of burning peat – medicinal, pungent and rich. That calms down to more of the turning butter from the nose, baked apples and some spice, which hangs around until things die away.
This is a great young smoke bomb, with plenty of character and lots barbecue smoke. The higher strength gives it more oomph, but it still does well with a drop of water.
Gleaming yellow gold.
Vivid, sweet, sooty campfire smoke and sea air infuses zest of lime, apricot jam and ripe soft fruits; all gently warmed by hints of stem ginger and cracked black pepper.
An eloquent, sweet coastal peat smoke engulfs candied peel over melon, pineapple and roasted red apples. Oat biscuits, hints of heather honey and a gentle cigar box spice all combine to give a terrific balance to the expressive smoky character.
A heady, yet elegant harmony of distinct coastal peat and striking spiced fruit flavours.
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Quite surprised with this one. Excellent offering for a NAS. I just opened this bottle and great start, non chill-filtered and natural colour with 50% ABV, well done.
I just tasted this today (November 28, 2016) and loved the nose and the palate tingled with candied peel, heather smoke and ginger. Too bad the store was sold out but for the sampling bottle!
What a good Dram. It may be young, but still, very fruity, nicely peated, unchillyfiltered, uncolored and at 50% abv. Very very good dram. I higly recommend this. Get it while there is still left !
I first tried the Torfa in a nice little whisky shop in Bakewell, Peak District whilst on a camping weekend. Finally managed to get around to purchasing a bottle and I am really enjoying it. It's not to heavily peated and reminds me a little of Kilchoman Machir Bay. It's smooth and the peat doesn't take over but compliments the nice fresh citrus taste and the finish leaves a pleasant peppery tang on your tongue. This is a good one to try for a first peated whisky.
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