Wow, it was so quiet here! It’s been a while since I’ve written a review – my last one was on the Benromach Contrasts well over a month ago, and I haven’t written many before that. However, my training has finished, which means I have more time, and my sample pile is enormous, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Today, I’m going to start by reviewing the Tobermory 12 year old.
This 12 year old was matured entirely in American oak casks before being bottled at a strength of 46.3% ABV. It’s the youngest in the core range and was introduced in 2019, following a significant refurbishment during which the distillery was closed for about two years. And to my surprise, it’s the first Tobermory I will review if you don’t count Ledaig. So, let’s see what this one has to offer.
Tobermory 12 year old tasting notes:
Nose: Plenty of oranges, mixed with chocolate cake. This is followed by vanilla and a lovely rich honey. Hints of lemon. A note of marzipan. Later also canned apricots.
Taste: This is quite creamy, and it has a lovely thick mouthfeel. A note of creme brulee. Honey and more of the oranges and canned apricots. A hint of tobacco and a salty note. Followed by some lovely spices, such as black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves.
Finish: Slightly dry with a little bit of oak. The warming spices are present here as well.
Maybe I should try some more of Tobermory! It’s very rich in taste and quite pleasant. A solid dram and great value for money!