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Tobermory 10 Year Old (old presentation)

Toberwhorey 10

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RReview by @Rigmorole

18th Mar 2013

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The nose is on the weak side. Light, airy, hints of rancid butter, cloves, oak, brown sugar. It improves a little with some time in the glass, but not much. The palette is a bit like an Irish whisky. Notes of rice cereal and slightly burnt toast. Oak to some degree with a hint of All Spice.
The finish is more of the same and not overly long.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. Compared to the Tobermory 15, this is pig swill. It sure as heck is not worth $65 in Oregon for a bottle. I love the 15. It's awesome craft made whisky of the highest caliber. Not so for the 10: a red headed cross-eyed step child.

I can buy a bottle of Highland Park 12 or Old Pulteney 12 for $40. Why would I bother with Tobermory 10 for over half again more?

Answer: I won't. Good thing I tasted the T10 in a pub first, or I would be unhappy if I'd purchased a green bottle of this stuff.

The pub charged $12.75 for a glass, which I feel is too much for this whisky. For the same price at that pub, I can buy a Glenfarclas 10 for two bucks less. That's a no brainer.

I will never feel the urge to taste Tobermory 10 again. I can't say as the experience of tasting this whisky has improved my understanding of single malt scotch. It's one lesson I would rather not have paid for.

I poured a dash of Ledaig 10 into my Tobermory 10 and the mix improved my glass of Tobermory dramatically. I ordered them both at the same time, so pouring in a dash was easy enough to do, and well worth it.

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8 comments

Rigmorole commented

Correction: the pub charged $16 for a glass of Tobermory 10. For the same price, I could have gotten a glass of Springbank 12 Cask Strength. Shoulda coulda woulda.

6 years ago 0

@SMC
SMC commented

Was it the new 46% version?

I know the old 40% one pictured is considered swill, but the new one is IMO very good.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I saw the bottle the week before. It looked like this: boozehund.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/drink/…

Not sure what I drank, but it wasn't good. Maybe my glass was poured from a different bottle, an older one? Not sure. I doubt it, but it was very busy and the barmaid poured me a Tullamore Dew first by accident. I straightened that out. It was actually the waiter's fault. I told him I wanted a Tobermory 10 year and he said, "okay, one Tullamore Dew comin right up," and I stopped him and said, no, "To ber mor y" very slowly and he said, "Right, Tullamore, that's what I said." Then I asked him for his writing pad and pen and wrote down the correct name, year, and "un-chill filtered" after it, all of which I had said the first time. If that waiter came back with an older Tobermory or some other crap then there is no excuse for that sort of an ADD person waiting tables. Then again, it is possible. The bar was very busy with St. Patrick's day. Still, I am writing off Tobermory 10. I suspect that is indeed what I drank. I dearly love the 15 year. I'm a big fan of that and I have two bottles of it right now.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

First time I got a Tullamore, even though I very clearly twice said "Tobermory 10 Unchillfiltered" to the waiter. I corrected him, he said it wrong, I had him write it down, and he still brought me the Tullamore Dew. Then I wrote it down for him and he came back with what I drank. I didn't touch the Tullamore Dew. I couldn't give it away. Nobody around wanted it. That was surprising. Another thing that I didn't like was the way my scotch was served in plastic cups yesterday at the bar. Very tacky. It's one thing to get a Tullamore Dew in a plastic glass, but two $16 scotches? No good. Highland Stillhouse gets a black mark for yesterday, despite being so busy. Still, it's a great place when not busy, despite the occasional grumpy bartender there. I could see getting served plastic outside but not at the bar. Lame. Very lame.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

In all fairness, the plastic might have been an Oregon City code since people were sometimes walking back and forth from outside to inside. I will never go there for St. Pat's again, but I will be back soon on a slow evening for a good glass of scotch.

6 years ago 0

@SMC
SMC commented

I really think that if you have the money to consider buying your own bottle, instead of relying on an awful bar experience. Plastic and alcohol don't mix, come on.

It's not the greatest whisky ever, but I like the young salty islanders. A good bottle of new Tobermory 10 should be comparable to Laddie 10 or Oban.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

You convinced me: I'm going to head back to the Stillhouse soon and ask for a free glass of Tobermory 10. It sounds like that dipshit waiter probably messed up my order twice judging by your comparisons, SMC. Thank you. I appreciate that. I also am quite fond of Laddie 10 of late. What I tasted was certainly not on par with Oban or Laddie 10. Not even close.

6 years ago 0

Lifewaterforce commented

Agree with above, a bottle of this alongside with bruichladdich and Old Pulteney gives your collection a very complete coastal trio, i know i feel that way ;) the tobee 15 is marvelous as you say, a textbook on how to marry a coastal malt to sherry, would give some of the prestigious older Highland Parks sherry finishes a run for their money! Very good review again, hope your next insight on the 10 year old will be positive. cheers!

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