Archive for the ‘Tobermory’ Category

The Single Cask Tobermory 1994 (22 year old) 59.1%

Cask A394/ Dist: Mar 1994 Btl: Jan 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Dusty, mature and quite spicy on the nose with subtly, sooty peat, thick malt, dark honey and slightly marc-like note. It becomes quite earthy with time and a light manurey note appears. For an old ‘mory, it’s very impressive.

The palate opens with some delicate dark honey, malt and mature oak. Now that’s a sentence I never expected to write about an old ‘mory! Hints of milk chocolate, peat, sweet barley and liquorice follow. It’s not 100% clean as there is a faint edginess in the background, but it’s sort of wrapped up by the bitter spice and citrus. Good finish with hints of salt, coffee, vanilla and sooty peat.


Carn Mor Strictly Limited Tobermory 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose displays plenty of ‘toshan-esque boiled sweets, Oloroso sherry, rose petals and barley. Subtly coastal with hints of malt, tar and salt. It has unfortunately, a faintly burnt treacle hardness in the background.

The palate is subtly sulphur tainted with a touch of burnt sherry wood and hints of tar, treacle, hard barley, boiled sweets and spice. Good, mouth-watering finish with lingering rose petals and pepper. It’s a hard one to love!

Murray McDavid Benchmark: Tobermory 20 year old 46%

Tasted: Sept 2016

Nose: A huge, uncompromising, very balsamic sherry monster. Although a touch of citrus and salt adds freshness it’s pretty much one dimensional.

Palate: Exactly the same as the nose. Balsamic, herbal and a little rough at the edges. Totally bereft of any distillery character.

Finish: Good length with a touch of tar, cigar smoke and cinnamon.

Conclusion: Rather charmless I’m afraid. Its only redeeming feature is that it’s not been compromised by sulphur tainted sherry butt’s.

Claxton’s The Single Cask Tobermory 1995 (20 year old) 48%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead 1501-652

Dist: Apr 1995 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Quite a malty and peppery nose with very subtle, lazy peat smoke and hints of barley, greengage and green wood. With time hints of violets and subtle coastal notes.

The palate is quite fresh and citric with and almost sea salt spritz. Hints of barley, nutty oak and coal dust appear as the citrus becomes quite tart. Long and peppery with some slightly balsamic notes, malt and salt. Impressive cask!

Caermory Single Malt 21 year old 48.2%

A single cask of Tobermory – Cask 238/ Tasted: Oct 2015

The nose is quite oily with sugar coated barley, baked fruit and coffee’d oak. Wonderfully mature with hints of green fruit, citrus, light earth and milk chocolate. Some gentle creamy oak notes appear and the sweet, milky coffee notes increase. Is this really ‘mory?

The palate is pretty fresh and citric with wood spice and oily barley. Mature and quite fruity for a ‘mory with a distinct baked fruit demeanour. Some earthy and coffee’d tannins come through on the middle but the light fish oils balance the slight bitterness Good length with the woody spices returning. What no fustiness or wet cardboard. A damn fine old ‘mory!

Caermory Single Malt 21 year old 48.2%

A single cask of Tobermory – Cask 238/ Re-Tasted: Nov 2016

Edgy and earthy aromas of malt, damp earth and mature honey. Hints of balsamic baked fruit follow along with a little cigar smoke, barley and subtle spice. Very complex with salt, greengage, lime, mature oak and just a brief whiff of ‘distillery character’.

The palate is soft and mature with hints of malt, honey and dusty, mature oak. Pleasantly earthy on the middle with a suggestion of smoke and hints of salt and barley. Very pleasantly balances with a lightly spiced and salty finish.

Edition Spirits Tobermory 1994 (21 year old) 58.6%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: EDI0112/ Dist: 1994 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

The nose is quite coastal and honeyed with mature, baked fruit and a slight suggestion of cardboard, which is pretty much wrapped up in the baked fruit notes. Edgy and herbal with time, plus a touch if green citrus fruit, vanilla and gentle sooty peat. Very well balanced.

The palate opens with creamy toffee, herbs, edgy citrus and hints of earth and peat. The mature, baked fruit from the nose comes through on the middle. The finish is very mentholated with lingering herbal notes and dry, slightly burnt wood tannins.

Water doesn’t make much change to the nose, maybe a touch of root ginger and liquorice root appear. On the palate it emphasises the baked fruit and malt. Not as mentholated now but longer and juicer a touch of menthol creeping in at the end.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tobermory Batch #3 48.1%

Tasted: Mar 2015

Nose: A lusciously moist and succulent nose of both Gala and Honeydew melon, apricot, pineapple, tangerine and barley. A touch of sawdusty oak appears along with a light grassiness. That’s a gorgeous nose!

Palate: Not quite as exuberantly fruity as the nose but definitely not lacking in the fruit department. Showing a little more barley and a taught, mineral edge. A touch of green apple and gooseberry appears on the middle amidst the slightly tropical fruit.

Finish: Fabulously balanced, long and lightly honeyed with the barley and oak lingering. Lovely, light bitter chocolate note in the after-taste.

Conclusion: A superbly balanced whisky. [My god. Tobermory? Really!?! – Tasted blind for issue 127 of the Whisky Magazine]

No1 Ancient Mariner Scotch Whisky Tobermory 1996 (18 year old?) 46.1%

Tasted: Mar 2015

Cask 349

Nose: Pungent, manurey, coffee’d and lightly sulphured. Hints of herbal and lightly cardboardy spice follow. A little industrial in character but some dried fruit and honey attempt to counter.

Palate: Soft and toffee’d with hints of dried fruit. Again a little industrial with a slight wet cardboard intimation. Thankfully there is so thick fruit to offer some balance plus white liquorice and honey.

Finish: Mouth-watering, mineral and a little hot with lingering liquorice and light spice notes.

Conclusion: Not exactly my favoured style of whisky but it has fruit and sweetness to balance the ‘spirit’ character.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tobermory 1994 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2416/ Dist: Apr 1994 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

A very earthy and ‘srumy nose with a touch of “distillery character”. Hints of stewed fruit, bonfire embers, sweet peat and mocha appear with time.

The palate is again earthy with plenty of toffee and vanilla. Lightly cardboardy with stewed fruit and spice. Although the palate begins quite softly some hard barley and citrus comes through on the middle and the finish is pretty dry as the oak begins to bitter.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tobermory 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2621/ Dist: Jul 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Earthy and malty, but clean aromas with even a touch of fragrant barley! Dark fruit, treacle, dusty American oak, granulated sugar and an almost parma violet note follows.

The palate is full and malty with a touch of oat biscuits, treacle and more malt. There is a slight, edgy spirit note but the earth and buttery oak balances. Long and succulent with the malt returning along with subtle herbs, salt and tart citrus. For an old ‘mory, it’s not too shabby!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tobermory 1994 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2519/ Dist: July 1994 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

A quite duty and honeyed nose with, OMG! Tropical fruit! Melon, apricot and greengage, all liberally smothered in thick set honey. With time hints of tea leaves, earth, woo tannins, coffee, manure and lightly, dusty peat emerge.

The palate displays Weetabix and malt biscuits. Slightly feinty, which is more like it with hard barley. After that nose the palate is a huge disappointment. Earth, tart citrus and a touch of peat come through on the middle and the finish is a little hot and citric with the earth and coffee’d tannins lingering.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tobermory 1996 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon?/ Code: OMC2701/ Dist: July 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Immediate aromas of slightly tart citrus, malt and slightly sour green fruit. The barley is pleasantly fragrant and the oak is pleasantly dusty. I must admit that it feels more like an old Spey than an old ‘mory!

The palate is like the nose – quite tart and surprisingly clean! There’s a light honeyed character and along with the barley and sawdusty oak balance the citrus. Long, citric and salty finish with a touch of sour fruit. Old Tobermory? Really!?! They must have broken the mold with this cask!


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Tobermory 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0162/ Dist: Feb 2008 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

A pleasant and clean nose of sweet barley, white fruit, apricot, salt and gentle peat.

The palate opens with the lightly salted apricot and white fruit, followed by some gentle peat, light spice and smoke. Good salty finish with a touch of vanilla and lingering peat smoke. Again, pleasantly clean with an almost pulped fruit after-taste.

19 Single Malts of Scotland Tobermory 1994 (19 year old) 55.8%

Sherry Cask 5174/ Dist: 1994 Btl: March 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

Nose: Intense, grainy Bourbon oak and gritty tannins. Very herbal with a hoppy character. Moist apricot, tangerine and honey lurk beneath. With time hints of rum-like dried fruit emerges. Water makes it feel like a grain whisky.  

Palate: Soft and honeyed with a light coffee and oxidised fruit note. The flavours become progressively darker towards the middle as a light treacle note emerges. Less oak influence than the nose suggests. Water emphasises the dried fruit and spices.  

Finish: Very oily with the herbal note returning and the treacle note lingering. Quite dry and alcoholic neat. Water lengthens but it’s still very dry.  

Conclusion: My only quibble is that it’s a bit dry on the finish. Probably best with a drop of water.