In 2011 Burn Stewart – owners of Tobermory – decided to bottle their malts at 46.3%, making chill filtration superfluous. Today I got my hands on an older dumpy bottling at 40%.
The nose is very sweet on baked apples and loads of Turkish Delight. Raisins and figs in oatmeal, sprinkled with brown sugar. Some vanilla and banana flambéed, a bit of honey and something floral, but hard to pin down. Some old beer takes away a bit of the sparkle of this otherwise pleasant and aromatic nose.
The body is fine. The sweetness from the nose returns on the palate, but is now decorated with a salty edge and lots of citrus fruit. Think lemon and bitter oranges. Woodsmoke presents itself and gives the malt some depth.
The finish is rather short on salt & pepper and sweet apples.
Not a grand whisky, but nothing wrong with it either. And in all honesty better than today’s offering.