This post is based on tasting notes I took a little over a year ago. I reviewed an independent bottling of this a few days ago, and it would be a pity to leave out the classic core expression from the distillery. Especially because it’s a very good one.
The notes for this came from the 2015 Tapuz forum blind tasting competition (as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we’re in the midst of this year’s competition right now). I’d heard about Tobermory here and there, I’d never bought it. There was always just one or two floating around in the alcohol shops. This one made it onto my bucket list after trying the Ledaig 10, their peated whisky, but before I got round to buying a bottle it cropped up in the blind tasting competition.
I had no clue what it was, but it was full or herbs and salt and a little peat, I thought it was a Springbank of some sort. I really liked this one, it’s well made and well presented (no colour, no chill filtration and higher ABV) for full flavour delivery.
Aged 10 years. 46.3%ABV. No colourants added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Floral, Salt, Overripe fruit, Fennel, Slightly medicinal, not Islay, some aggressive young spirit. Cut grass. Hints of peat and smoke. Oak
Palate: Peat, light, probably not Islay. Overripe Banana. Malt. Lemon Zest. Sea salt. Mango Achar. Dark fruit. Some oakiness coming through, but oak soaked in black cherry jam.
Finish: Long, slight smoke, Beefy Bovril-like. More Dark fruits.
Rating: Buy this
Global VFM: 4/5
Local VFM: 4/5
This is a nice and complex dram with loads of herbal and seaside notes. Well crafted and well worth trying.