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Tobermory is the name of the distillery on the Isle of Mull. They put out a heavily peated malt called Ledaig (I posted my notes on the Ledaig 10 here a few days ago). This is a heavily peated Tobermory. This is not a Ledaig. Apparently.
Ledai… uh… Tobermory makes some fantastic whisky and what I personally like about them is that they’re good at a young age. Some malts need age on them to be good (Jura, Glengoyne), but throw this stuff in a bottle after 7-8 years in oak and it’s good to go.
I also just have a personal preference for younger whiskies, especially when there’s peat involved. The peat profile on Tobermory, at least to my taste is like some bastard concoction of a young Laphroaig and Longrow, but a good bastard, like John Snow.
Aged 10 years. 53.2%ABV. Matured in a hogshead. No colouring added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Earthy peat. A farmy note. Mineral salts. Iodine. A slight fruity note, like potpourri fruits. Honey. Thatch.
Palate: Big ashy mouthfeel. Then some vegetal peat. Wet grass. Wintergreen. Lemon drops. Some malty notes peeking through.
Finish: Long. Ashy. Dirty, earthy peat. Lemon rind. Brine.
Rating: Try this
Global VFM: 2/5
Local VFM: N/A
Like most young Ledobermories, the peat is very dominant. There isn’t a lot to it, but the peat profile is good and feels really thick and full. This was just a sample but I was a little taken aback then I saw the price on this, about 70 Euro, which is quite a bit more than some other independent bottlings I’ve had. Considering that it’s such a simple and straightforward whisky, it isn’t worth paying that premium for.