Tobermory seems to be a bit of a connoisseurs whisky. It tends to have a dirtier side, which makes it a bit of an acquired taste. Tobermory certainly doesn’t produce your average whisky. Today I’ll review their 15 year old expression, which has matured in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso casks.
Tobermory 15yo (46,3%, OB)
Nose: It shows an unmistakable sherry influence with dried fruits (raisins, figs, dates). A nice amount of licorice too. It is slightly vegetal, and there are traces of cactus sap. There’s a subtle sourness not completely to my liking.
Taste: Pretty savory. Powdered coffee. A tad drying and some mild spices as well. Cinnamon and pepper. But there’s also a distinct orange-y note to this, as well as figs. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: A slight bitterness too it. Espresso and dark chocolate. Pinch of salt. Medium in length.
I did not expect to like the Tobermory 15yo as much as I do. It’s nice to be surprised. I could do without the sourness in the nose, but otherwise this is a really good dram.
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Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.