Origin: Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon first fill and virgin oak
Added coloring: No
Owner: Distell Group Ltd.
Average price: € 52.00
Official website: tobermorydistillery.com
We talked about Tobermory in an article on the peated version of their distillate, Ledaig, while today I find in my glass the basic malt of their (very reduced) core range.
In fact, it was in 2019 that they relaunched their whiskies with the distillery’s name on the label, after a break of a couple of years for renovation work, with this 12 year old replacing the historic 10 year old in their portfolio.
The basic portfolio, as I said, is very limited, with only this bottling and a 42 year old (both of which are listed as sold out on their website!). A couple of limited editions have been added to their production (the 2007 PX Finish and the 2007 Sherry Finish), but there’s nothing else under the official Tobermory label: it has to be said, that even Ledaig is not the most produced…
Whisky production here is still entirely artisanal, with the distillate being sent to mature on the mainland in Burn Stewart’s warehouses, which is probably why they don’t have a wide variety of offerings.
But what we care about is that they’re good, right?
Full gold in the glass.
Wood and cereal greet the nose, accompanied by a fresh floral note that caresses the nostrils. Pear tart, vanilla, honey, unripe banana, shortbread. Sweet orange and a squeeze of lemon. Sugar cube. Sweet but not cloying, with minerality balancing the aromas and freshness lightening them.
Soft and warm on the palate, with cereal biscuits soaked in milk, honey, fruit galore (peaches, apricots, mango), candied orange, caramel. It flows out oily and mineral, as if some salt crystals had been sprinkled on the fruit. Pinch of white pepper and nutmeg. Mellow and rich.
Medium finish, wood, orange, pepper, cereal, slight hint of salt.
For a base malt it already has a lot to say, complex and rich like few of its peers, with a more interesting nose than it offers in the dram.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Wilson & Morgan Tobermory 23yo