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Tobermory 12 Year Old Review

16th April 2019
Review of the new Tobermory signature single malt, the Tobermory 12 Year Old.

Tobermory 12 Year OldI recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new Tobermory 12 Year Old single malt whisky from the from the Isle of Mull located distillery. The new 12 year old will replace the now discontinued 10 year old as the signature expression of the Tobermory distillery.

The Tobermory 12 Year Old will also mark the forthcoming return to production of the distillery in July this year after a two year shut down in production for maintenance and a major refurbishment of the distillery.

By the time the distillery reopens to full capacity in the summer they will have new wash backs, new stills and a new still room, the work is set to continue for the next 5 years this will involve a new visitor space, improvements in production efficiency and the development of further distillation capabilities.

Regards replacing their 10 year old signature malt with the new Tobermory 12 year old signature malt, Tobermory recognised that although they had made quite an improvement to their 10 year old in recent years it was concluded that their spirit had not reached its full potential, so with some skill from the Tobermory master blenders and a further 2 years maturation we now have a new Tobermory signature single malt, the Tobermory 12 Year Old.

The majority of Tobermory 12 Year Old was ex-Bourbon cask matured with just a small proportion of the whisky finished in virgin American oak casks. Bottled at 46.3% ABV, it is non-chill filtered and naturally coloured just as all whiskies should be.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes::

Nose: A lovely gentle and enticingly sweet nose with orange citrus and some candied pear, vanilla, some distant ginger and floral notes.

Taste: Smooth with a delicious mild barley sugared sweetness, vanilla infused with orange and a lovely gentle oak spice coats the palate.

Finish: Vanilla toffee, the lovely orange citrus is still hanging in there, becomes a little spicier before bowing out

Comment: A very easy drinking, enjoyable sweet malty, vanilla'd whisky with a lovely orange note throughout and a nice bit of added spice from the portion of virgin oak in the mix. I would say the extra 2 years and use of the virgin oak has certainly turned the quality of this now signature malt from Tobermory up a notch.

SMW Score 84/100

The Tobermory 12 Year Old has a RRP of 46 and is now available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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