|OVERVIEW||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.|
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.
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