1995 Tormore 20 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1288103


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Tasting Notes

The wonderful John Milroy's line of Single Malt Single Cask Scotch is finally back and we're proud to be the exclusive purveyor of this special brand in California. The legacy of the Milroy's name goes back to 1964, when John "Jack" Milroy opened a little wine shop at #3 Greek St in an upscale neighborhood on the west end of London. Over the next 30 years, the Milroys and their talented store manager, Doug McIver would make the Milroy name synonymous with exceptional single cask scotch. Eventually, Mr. McIver moved on to become the head of the venerable Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits Department and Jack Milroy struck out on his own creating the equally well regarded "John Milroy Selection" brand of single cask single malts. In 2009, Jack tapped Doug as his pick to take the special line of scotch into the new century - partnering with Berry's would ensure that only the very best whisky would be bottled under the Milroy name. Doug takes this spiritual legacy seriously and he's finally put together a portfolio of exceptional single casks and we're proud to be his partners in California. The very first Tormore to hit our shelves in over a decade and certainly the first single cask we've sold. This super easy drinker needs a bit of water, but swims like a charm. Tormore is famous for striking copper roofs and its light floral malt. With some serious age it's developed a great depth and some fabulous complexity while remaining refreshing and quaffable like few other malts in the store.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the first Tormore we've had in the shop in over a decade and it's a wonderful example of this ultra fresh and light style. The perfect summer malt, and it loves water. For anyone that's driven around Speyside, you'd recognize the incredibly beautiful grounds and stunning copper roofs of this rare little distillery. It's not small production, but Chivas lets very little out as it's a base malt for many of their blends. This light fresh style is exactly what you want on a hot summers night or even GASP over ice. The nose starts strong note of black tea, fresh gravel and peaches. A pointed oakiness develops as we go deeper, fresh pencil shavings, dark roasted malt, lanolin - a slight dusty note. With a nice dollop of water the edginess falls away leaving wonderful pithy citrus, stone fruit skins, sweet malt. The tiniest hint of peat doesn't show it's self until the spirit hits the palate. This plays perfectly off the super sweet malt and round fruit. An easy soft let down on the back end. This is real drinkers malt and loves water, so it should be consumed with that in mind.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the richest of the Milroy casks I have tasted so far and a super cool example of how Sherry casking can work. Although there is some richness on the nose, I also get notes of slightly oxidized floral and almonds that you find in Sherry. The palate was creamy and smooth with vanilla, butterscotch, and a warming heat towards the finish. That heat and spice lead to a super long finish and help keep this bottle in your mind as you sip.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Before this bottling I had never tasted a single malt from Tormore. I am glad that I got a chance to do so because this offering has so much to offer. In the nose there are caramel notes with savory undertones. With a splash of water, it is rich and juicy, packed with concentrated malt and dried fruit flavors that are very delicious. It is complex and interesting and should give joy to fans of single malts.This is the most unique selection of the John Milroy bottlings that are currently in stock.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Elegance at its best, this 20 year old is a bit lighter on the peat and has soft caramel flavors that provide the structure. Less herbal and grassy, there is an amazing orange zest flavor that make this spirit seem alive.


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