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Tobermory 10 Year Old

A farm by the sea

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@HewieReview by @Hewie

11th Apr 2020


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I haven't pulled this bottle out for a while. I bought it a couple of years ago because I enjoy Ledaig 10 and our youngest child is called Toby and so one of his many nicknames obviously is Tobermory!

Tobermory 10 bottled at 46.3% - I believe matured in first fill bourbon casks.

Nose: lemon meringue pie, toasted coconut, vanilla sweetness, caramelised sugar (toasted marshmallow), dried ginger, melted butter, olive brine, distant smoke, herbal (dried rosemary), slightly farmy, warm cream

Palate: honey sweetness, spices (cinnamon, clove), Szechuan pepper, vanilla creme chocolate filling, orange peel, salty, hay from an animals enclosure

Finish: Lingering sweetness vying with pepper spiciness for the forefront, slightly herbal, liquorice / aniseed, candied peel, a little astringent

Now I remember why I love this. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it is a great example of an unpeated, ex-bourbon cask 'naked' whisky. Some find the farmy notes a little off-putting (I've seen it related to some very unsavoury things on Reddit) but it adds interest for me. I find the finish almost anaesthetising despite it being 46.3%. Another thoroughly enjoyable dram

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RianC commented

@Hewie - Nice review. I love Ledaig but never been tempted by this yet your, and others, review suggests I'd probably like it. One to sample first, perhaps?

about one year ago 3Who liked this?

cricklewood commented

I once tried an old 40% ABV version from a mini my mother had lying around in a cabinet (a gift from a co-worker who hailed from Mull) it didn't leave much of an impression but your review makes me think I should try and find a taste of this as well. I think it's been discontinued in favour of the new 12yr old.

about one year ago 0

Hewie commented

@cricklewood yeah I've read that the old 40% version was disappointing. This one is definitely a different dram and worth a taste. It'll be interesting to see how the latest iterations of Tobermory and Ledaig compare to the current/previous ones.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

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