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Type – Single Malt
Age – 10 Years Old
Location – Isle of Mull
Casks – American Oak
Price – £49.84
Smokiness – 0/5
Fruitiness – 2/5
Oakiness – 3/5
Spiciness – 2.5/5
Boldness – 2.5/5
The Tobermory 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch from the Isle of Mull is an interesting one, and that’s the British way of saying ‘interesting’. In other words, a little unsure or undecided. We’ve reviewed their 10 Year Old Ledaig offering and that is an incredible whisky that packs a lot of punch for the price you pay. What we can be sure of though, is that the scotches from the Tobermory distillery offer something different to the Isles or parts of Scotland and that is a good thing.
The first thing you notice with the nose of this single malt is that it’s a combination of medicinal, which can put people off, with lemongrass, melon and even a bit of pine. So quite an array of aromas. Again, interesting.
The taste profile takes you on a completely different direction. There are hints of white chocolate, although not in a sickly way, but also pear and a bit of peppery spice. We’d argue that it’s not quite as balanced as their 12 Year Old and those extra couple of years in those ex-bourbon barrels do make just enough difference between good and great.
The finish really brings you back to the barrel. It’s very oaky and you could almost imagine having eaten a crème brûlée. This we particularly enjoyed.
Overall, it’s a great whisky but it certainly pulls you in different directions which is what leaves us undecided. One not to dismiss and definitely give a go though! The value for money is perhaps a watch out. For nearly £50 it’s a little steep, there are a whole load of fantastic whiskies that cost less.
Even though the flavours are complex, it’s still not an overpowering taste and therefore we’d advise against adding water or ice.
Folk, Soul, Accoustic, Jazz
A complex whisky deserves a complex musician, or genre. So we’ve gone with Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunter album. If you’re into a bit of modern jazz then this one will be right up your alley. Chameleon is an incredible journey of a song and goes perfectly with the Tobermory 10 Year Old Single Malt as that whisky also takes you on an adventure but it still brings you back down to earth at the end.