Here is our October 2020 Scotch Club pick. Enjoy!
Single Malt (Sweet & Gentle)
92.6 Proof 12 years old
Isle of Mull, Scotland
About Tobermory, history: from the Gaelic “Tobar Mhoire”, meaning “Mary’s well” a reference to a local well named after the virgin Mary. Established in 1788 The city of Tobermory fronts the harbor with a long row of gaily painted buildings.
About Tobermory Distillery:
“Established in 1798, ours is the only distillery on the island of Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It is unique, not just because of its idyllic location, but because it produces two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smokier Ledaig. Centuries have passed, but our uncompromising tradition, dedication and devotion remain. It is always a privilege to welcome new friends to our distillery and share our world with them.” The Distillery
Some of the other great drams from the only distillery on Mull are:
Ledaig 1996 (19 year) Matured in superior Oloroso sherry casks the result is a wonderfully peated single malt, with apple and a hint of mint with citrus aromas.
Ledaig 18 year sherry cask finish Matured in superior oak wood casks and finished in Spanish sherry wood casks the result is a wonderfully peated single malt, robust and vibrant with a spicy smokiness, floral seaside aromas and hints of licorice and cloves.
Tobermory 21 year Manzanilla cask finish Dry and slightly oily, citrus and dried fruit notes, hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, rich oak and subtle vanilla with an orange spice. Originally filled to 9 casks Manzanilla Cask Finish Cask strength -55% Prominent age statement on carton and front label Un-chill filtered
About The Whisky: This is the first new release from Tobermory since their two year hiatus. Released at the distillery in 2019 it took a while to get hear (thank you covid). Tobermory 12-Year-Old is straight up, simple and beautiful. Un-peated and aged in bourbon cask it is sweet and gentle but still has plenty of lovely malty flavors. It is a true expression its Hebridean home and Tobermory 12 has a colorful palette of vibrant fruit and spice with a subtle saltiness reflective of the neighboring harbor waters.
Tasting Notes: from Cask Cartel
Nose: Pear, peach and apple, with a dusting of brown sugar. Greek yogurt, barley and a hint of cinnamon pastries.
Palate: Rounded malt notes once again, now a touch oily. Still packs a hearty helping of stone fruit sweetness.
Finish: A flash of orange peel, soft sawdust, toffee and dates.