Another very young malt from Tobermory, only 8 years on a sherry cask, with a devilishly high ABV. But in this case it’s the unpeated malt from the distillery, so no Ledaig this time around.
Almost 70% alcohol and yet not scorching on the nose – how can this be? Be that as it may, I get lovely notes of red fruit with strawberries in the lead, followed by blueberry and raspberry. But the typical dusty notes which I often associate with Tobermory, are conspicuously absent. Not dirty edge, but very sweet and fruity notes. Black grapes, raisins, fresh figs and plums. After a few moments I also get some Italian expresso and chocolate. Finally some sniffing tobacco and caramel. I think it is excellent.
Without water this is an absolute kick to the teeth. My breath seems to be on fire. Now I know how a dragon must feel! Once your saliva glands have put out most of the fire, some honey sweet notes of red fruit with strawberries in the lead (even a bit candy-like) arrive, followed by – don’t laugh – red beet! Hint of cocoa and cloves. Plum marmalade, rhubarb jam. The second sip – now that your taste buds expect it – is doable. Very fruity and very red, if you catch my meaning.
The finish is very long, very piquant and dark red. But at the same time very satisfying and somewhat drying. I have the impression of having swallowed a (tasty) cough syrup.
While there is not much Tobermory to be found, this one is so fruity that it is almost impossible not to like it. I enjoyed it a lot – without water!