During a recent spring clean, I went through my collection of miniatures and came across this one: the Tobermory Blended Scotch Whisky. Wait… what? Blended? Yup. A bottling from the 1980s, it would seem.
The nose reveals a malty heart with loads of white fruit and honey. There is a lovely trace of smoke. Some gooseberries, unripe kiwi and something that reminds me of butter croissants. This is much better than I feared, despite the mild hint of wood glue.
The body is creamy, even after all these years in the little bottle. It is very sweet on white fruit, but also quite piquant. White pepper, ginger and some vanilla. The malt is unmistakable. White bread with honey.
The medium finish remains sweet on apples, but dies a mildly bitter death with some smoke.
A rather mildly peaty version of Tobermory (almost Ledaig) with grain in the mix (well, Mark, that was a safe bet, eh?). Surprisingly pleasant.