Anyone ever tried a Tobermory 10YO, if yes could i please have some tasting notes.
I have just recieved a bottle from my boss at work, as a xmas gift, and i am not going to open it just right away, because i have to many open bottles as it is, but i would like to know how it tastes
Anywho, please dont hesitate to write if you have some notes on it.
And a merry xmas to you all.
According to Michael Jackson's tasting notes, it has toffee and a minty dryness and sweetness, with some peat.
We found that the peat wasn't too evident and yes, it was quite fresh and dry, but certainly didn't remind anyone of mint.
It was smooth and malty with a dryness and some nuttyness, but nobody thought it very toffee-ish. Others who had previously tried the Glen Garioch 8 years old considered this to have far more toffee than the Tobermory.
I hope this helps,
In fairness, though not brilliant, it is alright. I think recent bottlings have improved. Best drunk at Calgary Bay on Mull when the sun is setting on a warm summers evening with your rod in the water hoping for a nibble............ Mmmm - memories, sweet memories
Admiral wrote:I think we sub-consciously downgrade Tobermory because we romantically think it ought to remind us of othe typical west coast and isles whiskies (e.g. Talisker, etc). When it fails to deliver the same coastal qualities, we tend to knock a few extra points off.
You're quite right here Admiral. But maybe it lacks the coastal notes because it is maturing on the mainland. Some years ago one of the previous owners lacked money and sold the warehouse in Tobermory. It has been converted into flats and since then Tobermory (and Ledaig) casks are matured in warehouses on the mainland. My guess is at Deanston Distillery but it may be elsewhere
Apart from this Tobermory 10yo is a nice and easy-drinking everyday dram.
Palate: sweet, malty, slightly minty, liquorice, eucalyptus.
Finish: well rounded malt, short puff of smoke at end, more minty sweetness.
Notes: lip smacking delicious, fresh, restorative.
I think once you get past the fact that this is sort of a Highland (rather than an Islay), you can embrace what Tobermory has going on. Almost no peat, but maybe that's a good thing after all.
For those craving a peat monster from the Isle of Mull, seek the Ledaig non-sherry finish. Tobermory 10 only uses peated water (not malt so as to sell it for blends).
I find it very drinkable and non-phenolic for a younger whisky.
However, I believe WillieJJ said always give a bad dram a second or third chance as it can always get better when you expect nothing. I think he was the one who said it..and I tried it again, and it was indeed better than the first time.
I would keep it and try it with an open mind. I got my bottle for $27.99 US, and I don't regret paying for it after the second tasting changed my opinion.
It's all about personal preferences, and as you can tell by these replies, some really like it and others think it is just passable.
Nose: More peat than first noticed. Some floral notes
(Bowmore without the sea?)
Palate: Bittersweet chocolate
Finish: Again, noticed more peat than first dram.
Comments: Past samplings seemed nuttier and slightly maltier, but not as good. This latest wave has improved. I have stuck with them, because I like the idea of a mild Islay that I can enjoy everyday, and not put me in the poor house ($24.99 US at most recent purchase).
Collector57 wrote:My bottle is getting low, which shows I don't find it as bland as many people seem to. Perhaps it's unfashionable but I rather like it.
Every bottle is bound to get low when you've had it open long enough!
Having said that I've got a few stuck at the back of the cupboard which have had one or two drams of and tried to forget about.
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