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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.