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Tobermory 10 Year Old

Thankee to Tobermory!

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@cheeserandyburgReview by @cheeserandyburg

2nd Mar 2020


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Originally bought in November 2015, this little green bugger has been sitting in the cabinet since then and it's about time we give'er a good ye sippin' and all 'round review. Bottled at 46.3%, un-chillfiltered, and from the looks of it - seems to have no coloring added. Let's dig in!

Nose - Very fruity and winey. Sweet to the nose with hints of white wine, grapes, raisins, green fruit, apples, and buttery fruit cake. Creamy. Extremely pleasant, I could spend some time here and continue exploring.

Palate - Smooth but pungent and explosive, multi layered-sweet arrival yet quite salty, dry, fairly oily and herbal with hints of light smoke, leather, subtle ash, char, spicy saltiness all mixed perfectly into a rugged character. Big mouthfeel that constantly brings up a memory of varnishes, motor oils, burnt wood/soot yet remaining very well balanced and sweet/salty throughout.

Finish - Fairly long with a lingering dry mouthfeel, mild wood and medium/heavy salt on the lips.

Conclusion: Perfectly balanced and divine expression from Tobermory that should please anyone into complex rugged island malts with briny and full bodied flavour. Absolutely fantastic for cold fall nights and winter days. Not a whisky for newcomers. 4 drams in, must stop now! Thankee, Tobermory!

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CanadianNinja commented

4 drams in? So....you’re just getting started!? ; )

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

Hewie commented

I too am enjoying this bottle. I bought mine about a year or more ago as I love my bottle of Ledaig 10 and our youngest is called Toby and so one of his many nicknames if Tobermory! I get a strong impression of wild honey from my bottle - quite floral and pungent. It certainly has people of both sides of the fence about it but I find it quite unique - it's one of my few unpeated bottles! Definitely flies under the radar and it is great value here considering it's 'craft presentation'.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

RianC commented

@cheeserandyburg - Nice review of malt I've not tried but you've convinced me this might be up my alley, as I'm definitely a fan of island whisky with a bit of full-bodied and briny, fruity character.

Out of interest, if you've (or @Hewie) had Arran 10, how does this compare?

about one year ago 0

Hewie commented

@RianC from what I recall Arran 10 was more barley forward and had more tropical fruit notes. Tobermory 10 tends more towards the herbal and floral with a bit of funk in the background. Never tried them side by side but that's my take on them from what I remember.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

cheeserandyburg commented

@CanadianNinja Ha! Unfortunately, but to make matters worse this is limited run where I live so I'll have to be very conservative with my bottle...

12 months ago 0

cheeserandyburg commented

@Hewie Agreed. I have the Ledaig 10 in the cabinet (picked it up late 2019) - I am very curious to how it'll compare with this 'standard' 10 yo expression. Just like you said, "unique" is a good way of categorizing this malt. There is a 12 yo as well (recently made available here) but it's going for $99 over here and that's a little too much especially based on the very varied reviews. With a dash of water this 10 yo really opens up even more. Love it!

12 months ago 0

cheeserandyburg commented

@RianC Yes, it's very unique I find. I've been looking for something like this for quite sometime. I'm hoping my bottle of Old Pulteney 12 will have similar characteristics. One thing to note is that even though this whisky is explosive in flavor, its astringent aswell and holds back anything that wants to poke out and dominate. Well rounded for sure.

12 months ago 1Who liked this?

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