I’ve had quite a few releases from the Italian bottler Wilson & Morgan in the past, from many distilleries, but this is the first Tobermory from them that I’ll try.
Ouch… stinky winky! What a weird nose. Yes, the mustiness of Tobermory is present, but takes things a step further. Cow pat, rotting plants and buttermilk. What the…?! The desire to sip this is rather small, to be honest. It becomes a tad better after a few moments. Wet leaves, walnuts, raisins. But it never becomes truly pleasant.
It makes of for a lot – a whole lot – on the palate. Creamy and sweet on honey, bitter grapefruit, mint and farmer’s butter. Very zesty as well. Pith of grapes. Spicy, giving it more punch. Yes, this is actually quite good!
The finish is very long, sweet and salt at the same time. And the spices? Those keep lingering.
What a schizophrenic malt. Dr Jekyll on the palate and in the finish, but an absolute Mr Hyde on the nose!