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Tobermory 10 Year Old

A More Hefty Tobermory

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@jerryclydeReview by @jerryclyde

17th Mar 2015


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Looks as if Tobermory is trying to improve the image of their 10 YO bottling. From what I've read and heard, (never having tasted it) the old 40% offering was often a grim affair with little to recommend it other than the low price. Although overly bitter, the new 46.3% version shows quite a bit of promise and affords some nice moments.

Nose: Herbal and malty with a reminiscence of freshly baked cardamom bread. Waves of citrus surge throughout and a sherry nuttiness hangs in the background.

Palate: Very light body. The initial barley sweetness succumbs to an absinthe like bitterness which predominates. Some peatiness, (which I missed on the nose) likely from the water source, as Tobermory uses un-peated barley malt for their 10 YO expression. Some spices zing about late.

Finish: Medium long. Mostly dry and spicy while maintaining that absinthe/herbal character to the end.

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