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Good afternoon, Scotchit! I had some friends on the Isle of Mull last month, so I’ve had this distillery on my mind. I’m also enjoying my coastal malts lately, so I was happy to see this whisky behind the bar last night.
Tobermory 10. Isle of Mull single malt. 46.3 % ABV. Natural colour, un-chillfiltered.
Price: Not available in Ontario.
Barrels: Aged at least 10 years in ex-bourbon casks.
Served: Neat, in a glencairn. Enjoyed at Toronto’s finest scotch bar, The Caledonian.
Colour: It was too dark in the bar, I couldn’t tell!
Nose: Fresh and maritime. Salted cucumbers. Dry, tangy fruit: lime, lemon, green banana, and a bit of green apple. Grass and licorice. Slightly medicinal. The subtle sweetness builds as it rests. It’s not fruit sweetness, though. Malt and subtle caramel. Flaky Southern-style biscuits. Gingerbread and salted popcorn. Reminds me a little of my Arran 14, but without all that fresh fruit.
Palate: Light, but warming and oily. Astringent and dry, like the nose. A touch of brown sugar at first, but then it’s a quick development into oak, nuts and malt. Walnut oil. Peppery herbs. Licorice, again. Hot peppers. Pipe tobacco. Burnt marshmallow. Lemongrass. A touch of vanilla. Again, the sweetness needs time to come forward.
Finish: Long and light. More herbs, like lemongrass. Brown sugar and vanilla. Banana and cucumber. A touch of hops. Slightly rubbery and carbonic. Lingering ginger spice.
Notes: Really nice. Definitely in the same flavour area as my Arran 14. Probably a fair bit lighter and maybe a touch less intense. I like the malty sweetness and herbs. Even the licorice is nice, and I hate licorice.
Final score: 83/100
50-59: Save it for mixing. Or chugging.
60-69: I might not turn down a glass if I needed a drink.
70-74: Meh. It’s definitely drinkable, but can do better.
75-79: Good whisky worth tasting.
80-84: Really quite good. Well above average.
85-89: Excellent, a standout malt.
90-94: Personal favourite.
95-100: Mythical. I don’t know if I’ll ever taste a whisky this good.
I tried this the other day too and it came across quite surprisingly floral and herbal. I really enjoyed it and will be picking up a bottle. I didn't get much of the weirdness that others often mention.
I was at this distillery this past spring, and quite loved the place and the scotch! Their partner, Ledaig, makes some excellent scotch as well.