Review No.175. Tobermory 10 Year Old

Tobermory is the only whisky produced on the Isle of Mull.  This is the same distillery that produced Ledaig, which is one of my favourite peated single malts.  The Tobermory is unpeated and matured in ex bourbon cask so I would expect some light, fruity and floral notes.  The range is a bit confusing as it is unclear to me which bottle is part of the core or limited edition range.  Putting that aside they also produce a 15, 18 and 20 year old along with a few that are finished in different casks such as Fino, Madeira and Portpipe.  This 10 year old bottle is priced at about £50 which is quite expensive for a 10 year old single malt.  Fortunatley you can pick up a miniature if you prefer to try before you buy a full sized bottle.


Whisky: Tobermory 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46.3%

Nose: Tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, honey, salt, barley sugar, malt, alcohol

Taste: Malt, honey, lemon, salt, sour oak, black tea, hint of ash

Finish: Black tea

Score: 2.75

Summary: There is so much promise on the nose but it fails to deliver on taste.  On the nose I picked up an array of tropical fruits with a mix of spice and coastal notes.  It is quite light on the nose but I did pick up a whiff of alcohol and I am sure I picked up an ashy scent, however this is unpeated so I am not sure where I am getting that from. On the taste is where it begins to disappoint.  The tropical notes are not so prominent and instead there is a sourness of oak and black tea quickly following on the back of some of those initial citrus and honey notes. Maybe I needed to experiment a bit more with with water to rescue this one but overall it is a decent single malt but I would not be going out of my way to buy a bottle.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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