The Isle of Mull's only distillery has a heritage dating back to 1798, but as noted on the site last month in relation to Ledaig, it has endured a decidedly chequered history. Now, under the ownership of Burn Stewart Distillers, the brand's rehabilitation continues with the release of a 15-year-old expression.
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|Tobermory, 15-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Attractively presented in an oak gift box, with a limited edition print of Tobermory Bay, according to its distillers, “Each drop of this rare and un-chill-filtered limited malt has been perfected using a dual-location-maturation: first transferring the spirit into gloriously refined González Byass Oloroso Sherry casks and then moving each cask from the mainland, where the whisky develops, back to the island for its final undisturbed year.”
The rich nose offers fruit pudding with Sherry, spicy milk chocolate and a whiff of peat smoke. The Sherry dries nicely with exposure to air. Full-bodied in the mouth, with well-mannered Sherry, Christmas cake, toffee and a sprinkling of pepper. The finish is long and luxurious, with chocolate-coated raisins.
Proof that Tobermory can be a seriously good dram, and more than just a brand apparently on perpetual special offer in certain supermarkets. Delicious!
46.3% ABV, 70cl, £52.95, specialist whisky merchants.