||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Tobermory (Tobermory, Scotland)|
Tobermory is on the Isle of Mull - quite a gorgeous island. It is one of the oldest surviving whisky making distilleries, dating back to 1798. However, distillery has been silent for more than half of its existence – from 1837 to 1878, and then from 1930 to 1972 and 1989 to 1993. Burn Stewart bought it in 1993 and have worked to greatly improve the single malt.
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- Bottling Date: ~2015
Some nuttiness, and dank spices and fruit. Lots of star anise, stewed tomatoes, brazil nuts, green fennel (the vegetable, not the seed) and woodiness – though it doesn’t seem directly oaky to me, more of a mixed twig sort of wood. I am not in love with the heavy licorice…it would likely appeal more to those who like this style. In some areas of the world, candy coated anise seed is quite popular – this reminds me of that – not to say it is overly candied, but the sweetness with the anise gives a bit of this sensation. Sticky toffee pudding. Very light farmy aromas. Sage. Dried ginger. On the palate, malt seems to come to the fore in a way that it was not present on the nose, and the 46% really shows off its benefit here. It is still quite vegetal – and herbal – with green fennel still having a good bit of presence. The light grassy spiciness that is present is quite nice – my favorite part of the malt. The finish is slightly spicy in feel, with some fennel, light oak, and celery leaf. Maltiness comes through on the end quite nicely. Tarragon. If I liked licorice laden malts, this mark would be higher – but it’s not my style.
Value: 42/100 (based on $67)