Origin: Isle of Skye (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Mossburn Distillers
Average price: € 65,00
Official website: www.torabhaig.com
Plans for a second distillery on the Isle of Skye began many years ago, when Sir Ian Noble first mooted the idea of building one in Torabhaig in 1976, but it wasn’t until 2002 that the necessary permits were obtained to begin the venture.
Built from a derelict farmhouse (itself constructed using materials from nearby Castle Camus), work began several years later and lasted until 2016, when the necessary equipment was installed, with the first spirit entering the cask the following year.
This, then, is Torabhaig’s first three-year-old whisky, inaugurating the Legacy Series which will feature four bottlings: the present, Allt Gleann, Cnoc Na Moine and Allt Breacach, with a timeline extended to 2026.
First all-natural edition, with a limited (but not too much) number of bottles, in the classic ageing in ex-Bourbon barrels, the result of the two stills that allow the production of about 1.5 million litres per year.
Straw yellow, almost transparent, in the glass.
The nose is compact and smoky peat, but not intrusive, like an almost extinguished bonfire. A crisp ocean breeze caresses the nostrils, carrying apples, pears, candyfloss, lemon zest, a hint of vanilla, pine nuts. In the background, a woody, resinous impression. Attractive.
Slight peppery entry (this isn’t their neighbour), on the palate comes a good spicing of nutmeg and cloves on orange tart, lemon, tamarind, yellow fruit (even a touch of peach), liquorice root. The smoke is felt especially on the length, more full-bodied and toasted, with an almost overpowering salinity.
Medium-long, salty finish of lemon, yellow orange, sugar bread, toasted wood, ash.
A young but well-conceived whisky, where the peat is still a little exuberant, especially on the finish, but the ingredients are there, they work, the alcohol content is right, it just needs more balance which will probably come with time.
A fine debut.