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Tobermory 10 Year Old (old presentation)

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

8th Aug 2013

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  • Nose
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  • Taste
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  • Finish
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  • Balance
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Tobermory 10 year old was purely a nice surprise. Very gentle for a 10 year old whisky, but still managing to offer character and some edges to keep it interesting.

Funny how Tobermory 10 yrs is a bit on the dry and fruity side, which I usually don't go for but in this case I do 'cause those elements come gentle enough.

Tobermory 10 yrs is gently stingy yet sweet and malty, a great combination of two different sides. Like watching Muhammad Ali performing, whether it's in the ring or in front of media. Great rhythm and enough but not too much complexity.

This one floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee...

Nose: Fresh with sugared barley, oak and spices. Wee notes of gingery kind of dryness and toast.

Taste: Nicely sweet with honey and lightly sharp with dried fruits. Oak and peppers offer some sharpness as well.

Finish: Very long and mildly spicy and dry. Malty with herbal notes.

Balance: Refreshingly dry and crispy without being too sharp. Good whisky indeed!

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8 comments

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

Funny how many great 10 year old whiskys I've found. I guess I like the ones with a bit roughness and edges (mixed with great taste of course!)

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Really? That high? Maybe it's changed since last I tasted it.

6 years ago 0

@Nemesis101
Nemesis101 commented

Think I agree with Rigmorole. It's one malt that I genuinely did not like - it tasted like alcoholic vegetable oil when I tried it. But that was many years ago and they could well have improved it since, (certainly sounds like it). Or it could just simply be one that's not to my taste.

6 years ago 0

@WhiskyBee
WhiskyBee commented

@Rantavahti - This is the "new and improved" Tobermory, no? I'm assuming so, as the old bottle (the one pictured on this page) was at 40% ABV. The new one (at 46.3%, pictured here: tinyurl.com/373lue7) is said to be much better.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Okay, now I'm officially intrigued. If this is a "new and improved" Tobermory 10, I'm interested to try it. Problem is . . . can't get it in the bars around here that are still stock with the old swill that is better used to remove rust from nails. Well . . . maybe that's a bit too harsh, and it probably wouldn't even work. Coca-cola is better suited to the task of removing rust :)

6 years ago 0

@Nemesis101
Nemesis101 commented

Right, I did try Ledaig 10yo a while back and thought it was massively better than the standard Tobermory 10yo, which I've generally rated as one of the worst single malts ever.

However, this new version is being raved about on the Whisky Exchange!!

www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-12984.aspx

At £30 this has got to be worth a punt, judging by all reviews.

6 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

Yes, like @WhiskyBee spotted, this one's the new higher ABV level Tobermory 10. Haven't tasted the old one but this was good. And like @Nemesis101 noticed, it's been raved about also in Master of Malt. And I'm not sure but I think Ralfy gave it 85 points

masterofmalt.com/whiskies/…

6 years ago 0

@WhiskyBee
WhiskyBee commented

I'd also like to give this one a try (when I can find it), along with the new version of Deanston. Both Tobermory and Deanston had poor reputations a few years ago, and it seems that the main things both did to redeem themselves were to eliminate the caramel coloring, ditch the chill filtering, and up the ABV to 46%.

Whether I find them to be stellar drams or not, it's still nice to see a couple of distilleries respecting the wishes of the whisky-drinking community.

6 years ago 0

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