Time to divulge into a distillery I’m not too familiar with: Tobermory Distillery from the Isle of Mull. I’ve recently tasted and reviewed their official 10 Year Old bottling (see here), but there aren’t too many officail bottlings to help exploring the distillery. They provide only 10yo and 15yo so we have to resort to indie single casks releases (Yeah, sad thing, I know… 😉 )
Let’s check a 20 Year old offering from the relatively unknown (yet a favorite of mine) Scottish bottler Whisky Broker.
The whisky comes from Hogshead number 188063, it was distilled 14th June 1994 and bottled 18th November 2014.
Tobermory 20 Year Old (Whisky Broker) (51.1%, 285 bottles, £40.50)
Nose: Starts with perfumed notes, vanilla and peaches. It masquerade as 100% clear and fresh nose but soon it becomes a bit musty and heavier with lemon curd, cream, cookie dough, a big dash of mint and lemon. Association of baking in the kitchen with open window to the back yard during spring morning.
Palate: Once again there’s the perfume but with sweet honey. Then comes the spicy part with peppers mix, herbal, mint and ends with vanilla pudding and ready to bake bread dough.
Finish: Long with spices, mint at back of the mouth, lingering sweet honey vanilla cream, curd, leaving a fizzy sensation on the tongue.
Thoughts: A big nice surprise for me here. Like I said, I don’t have much experience with whiskies from Tobermory and this cask profile is lovely. Didn’t expect such an interesting and fun whisky. Very recommended for this price tag.