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Tobermory 10 Year Old (old presentation)

A decent dram, but not my favorite

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@jwiseReview by @jwise

10th Jan 2011


Tobermory 10 Year Old (old presentation)
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I have had this bottle for about a year now, and frankly, it doesn't get drunk very often. Actually, it never gets drunk. I bought the whisky because it represents the only distillery on the Isle of Mull.

This bottle is old (with an ABV of 40%) and is not representative of their latest bottling (un-chill filtered at 46.3%).

Nose: Lots of sea air, with lesser notes of citrus fruit. Almonds, with dandelion. Mostly, however, it is sea air with just a bit of seaweed. This is not Highland Park. This is not Lagavulin. This is not that great. This is interesting, but lets see what else this whisky has in store for us... After coming back after a few sips, the fruitier notes are rising. This is getting better.

Body: Light body; not overly smooth.

Palate: Spice hits the palate right off. Some herbal notes build. There are some sour notes that predominate: like eating the rind of an orange. Not really appetizing to tell you the truth. Ok, on the third or fourth pull this is getting better. Some of the fruitier notes are coming out. Perhaps I should try this again with a couple drops of water? There are now some slight notes of ripe fruit on the tip of the tongue, with the sour citrus hitting the middle of the palate.

Finish: Medium length, plenty of spice to keep things interesting. Citrus: orange rind. Not the fruit, but the rind. Not sweet at all. At the end of the glass, the finish is still a good medium length, with lots of spice building at the end.

I'm going to finish this drink, but I'm not sure how long its going to be until I open this bottle again. This is not because the whisky turns me off, because it doesn't. it's just that I've got some really great malts up in my cabinet, and this does not rank very highly.

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