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Tobermory Aged 12 Years

KWM 202 Whisky Advent Calendar - Day 17

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

18th Dec 2020

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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Well, I missed yesterday just because, um, I didn't feel like doing it. So now I have two to catch up on today! This is quite a commitment!

This is the first time I've seen a 12 Year Old Tobermory - I had always thought that the entry level was a 10yo, with the next being 15. But apparently the 12 is the new core expression, launched in 2019 to celebrate the reopening of the distillery after two years of remodelling. Most of this was matured in bourbon barrels, with a small amount being matured in virgin oak.

The colour is a medium gold. A bit floral on the nose with vanilla custard, heather honey, creme caramel, lemon curd and black pepper. Freshly sawn pine. Hint of nutmeg. A slight salinity. Water brings out the fresh sea air. Quite lovely.

On the palate that salinity carries through, with orange pith, more black pepper, sweet malt and stone fruits (peach, apricot). Getting grapefruit as well. Some red liquorice. Silky mouthfeel. A bit of heat with water. Mouthwatering and delicious.

The finish is fruity, spicy and briny. This is very nice stuff, a fruity malt with the salt-and-pepper providing both backbone and elan. Not much to fault here - thankfully it is available in Ontario ($100).

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2 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Great stuff. Unfortunately stupidly priced in BC at $111.50 after tax. Thankfully available all in and delivered from Alberta at around $75. Glad you liked it. I'm on my 5th bottle and planning to bunker a few when next it comes on sale.

9 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie commented

Nice one. I really enjoyed the previous 10 (which still available on the shelf here) but I've not yet tried this newer 12. Sounds very similar

9 months ago 0

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