December 03, 2017
Tobermory is one of the oldest active distilleries in Scotland and is well known for producing two types of whisky. The first type is an unpeated varietal which is named after the distillery, while the other is a peated varietal which is named Ledaig.
Interestingly, both names have been used interchangeably throughout its history to refer to the distillery, although a decision was finally made to call it Tobermory and it has remained as such ever since.
The distillery has undergone several extended periods of closure as well as a succession of ownership changes, but is now under the control of South African spirits conglomerate, Distell (which also owns Bunnahabhain and Deanston distilleries).
This week's review focuses on an interesting expression of Tobermory which was distilled in 1994, matured in a recharred refill sherry butt for 22 years before being bottled at a cask strength abv of 59.1% by The Single Cask.
So, let's dive right into the review!
The Single Cask Tobermory 1994 22 Years Old (59.1% abv)
Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Initial entry presents hints of coastal salinity coupled with acetone, green herbs, tobacco leaves and mint. With time, white pepper, juniper, wet sand, flint and gunpowder emerge and intermingle with musty oak and some alcohol.
Palate: Slightly sweet on initial entry, with the coastal salinity and white pepper hints intermingling with lime, barley sugar, oak and malt. Flint, wet slate, creosote and juniper emerge later on and are complemented by capsicum, dill and a distant whiff of smoke.
Finish: Relatively long and sweet on the finish, with some of the lime and coastal salinity hints carrying through to the end along with the oak and dill.
Balance: A rather well-balanced and intriguing expression which exhibits the typical coastal salinity that one would expect from a Tobermory, coupled with the rather unusual flinty and wet sand notes which makes this expression stand out quite prominently. The mouthfeel is rather drying in nature.
This expression was bestowed with a score of 94/100 (and a Liquid Gold mark) by Jim Murray in his 2018 edition of The Whisky Bible and can be purchased by the bottle, as a part of a flight or as a dram for in-bar consumption. It can also be purchased by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes.
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Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask Singapore
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