Tobermory Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tobermory

Tobermory 10 year old 40%

Bourbon/ Sherry (?)

The nose, although still rather industrial in style has definitely improved. Yes there is still that wet cardboard note but there is some sweet barley, malt and a touch of grape.

On the palate it tastes like an innocuous blend component. It’s softly sherried with a touch of malt and again wet cardboard. It’s short and a bit hot on the finish along with some pleasant spices which are unfortunately trounced by a slightly metallic/ tarry after taste.

Tobermory 10 year old 46.3%

Tasted: Aug 2012

Quite malty on the nose, but the ‘distillery character’ is still evident. Slightly sherried, slightly oily and slightly metallic with some youthful cereal and a hint of lemon and herbs.

The palate is soft and slightly cardboardy, yet not as much as previously. It seems a bit fuller with a touch of malt, sweet barley and spice. Although it is still a tad on the industrial side I do believe it has improved.

Tobermory 10 year old 46.3%

Re-Tasted: Sept 2014

Classic ‘mory aroma of cardboard, citrus and sour fruit. There’s a faint ‘off the still’ oiliness with hints of smoke, burnt caramel and light herbal note.

The palate is oily and youthful, again cardboardy with citrus, caramel and a touch of honey, which attempts to sweeten. Good length with a light sauvignon blanc-esque white fruit finish. A little dry on the after-taste, but ignoring the ‘distillery character, its cleaner and relatively palatable.

Tobermory 15 year old 46.3%

Nose: Lightly sulphured, herbal Oloroso sherry with coffee and burnt wood along with some youthful spirit notes.

Palate: Again sulphur tainted dried fruit and green spices.

Finish: Medium length and pretty dry, bitter and green.

Conclusion: How on earth did this get through to round 2?

Tobermory 15 year old 46.3%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2015

Nose: Deep treacly sherry aromas with malt, tobacco and leather along with sweet apricot and sultana. Quite herbal with a light hoppy/ rye-like note. With time hints of honey appear.

Palate: Dry and a little tannic with coffee and chocolate notes. Dry spice, sherried raisin and sultana and light treacle come through on the middle as does a light blemish.

Finish: Good spicy finish with lingering tobacco, but also a lingering blemish.



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