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Type – Single Malt
Age – 12 Year Old
Location – Isle of Mull
Casks – ex-bourbon
Price – £39.85
Smokiness – 0/5
Fruitiness – 3.5/5
Oakiness – 3/5
Spiciness – 3/5
Boldness – 2/5
For anyone that is new to whisky and is looking for a decent entry point, the Tobermory 12 Year Old is a fantastic option. It’s a very welcoming and light single malt. Unlike their Ledaig offerings the Tobermory 12 is unpeated, so already a good start for those not interested in smoky options.
You can easily be enticed by the nose of this single malt. Along with the usual suspects that you find with a lot of scotches such as vanilla, oaky or dried fruit notes, you also get distinct banana and peach aromas. The good thing about this whisky is that these additional characteristics really stand out. Many single malts will describe all sorts of flavour or smell profiles which can be hard to distinguish but these fruity notes really do make their presence known.
The taste profile takes you in a slightly different direction and adds new dimensions to the drinking experience. You’re hit with pepper and heat which you need to wait to die down before herby or floral attributes kick in. Rather than fruit flavours that you’d expect from the nose, you get citrus which makes it refreshing. Both the nose and the taste are quite light overall and if you were to associate a time of year with drinking the Tobermory 12, we’d argue it’s summer.
The finish is where this single malt perhaps underperforms slightly. There isn’t much of a finish as it’s very mellow and doesn’t last for long. You’re left with some of the oakiness from the barrel but not much more.
What adds to the appeal of this single malt is the price. It’s definitely in that reasonably priced bracket and won’t break the bank. Given the flavours you get from the nose and the taste, it’s definitely worth the money. We’d say this is a great easy drinker to always have at hand in anyone’s collection.
It’s well balanced and light so we wouldn’t strongly recommend adding either. However, given how refreshing it is, some ice can work nicely.
Rock, Country, Pop, Soul, Accoustic
The Tobermory 12 is a crowd pleaser and what band could be more like this than Mumford & Sons. Their music has evolved over the years yet you still distinctly know it’s them. They’ve gone from having a slightly angry farmer vocal sound with earlier albums to being a formidable, well polished, harmonising sound.
The album we’ve selected to match this whisky is Wilder Mind. This has a very persuasive and enjoyable opening track with ‘Tompkins Square Park’ that has a driving drum pattern. The journey then takes you in a different, more mellow direction, but still trademark Mumford & Sons with ‘Believe’ which is more of an atmospheric crowd-puller that surely made them a penny or two.
Both this album and the Tobermory 12 are easy to get along with. You could quite easily imagine enjoying this single malt and album late on a summer evening surrounded by your nearest and dearest. A perfect pairing!