Tobermory 12yo

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Following a two year period of closure for essential maintenance and renovations, Tobermory has now reopened with a bang. After the release of a 2005 Fino Cask Finish, and a couple of limited edition Ledaigs last year, the distillery’s flagship expression has been launched; a 12 year old whisky matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks and finished in virgin oak.

Tobermory Senior Blender, Kirsty McCallum, commented: “The Isle of Mull is an idyllic place for whisky distillation and the Tobermory 12 year old echoes the rich character of our Hebridean home. Using non-peated barley and water from the distillery’s private source, the whisky delivers sweet and spicy notes on the palette and perfectly complements Tobermory’s passion for art in nature.”

Tobermory 12yo
Virgin Oak Finish
46.3% ABV
£44.95 here

Nose: Salted caramel, floral honey, cinder toffee, and butterscotch. Then there’s a real clean briney note, along with bran flakes and chopped logs.

Palate: Quite floral and perfumed to begin, with salted pretzels, lime cordial and vanilla cream along with apples and pears. A malty backbone holds things together.

Finish: The maltiness comes through, with vanilla fudge and tingling oak spices.

Overall: I do have a wee soft spot for Tobermory, and its Jekyll and Hyde nature. The funky, floral, nutty and sweet Tobermory expressions are totally different from the savoury, smoky and earthy Ledaig variants. This 12 year old sets a solid foundation for the Tobermory range, and those who are fans of the 10 year old (which this replaces) will no doubt enjoy this one. Although it may be a little on the simple side, it’s rather moreish and very easy drinking and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they add to the range over the coming months.



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