Tobermory 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Finish
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Dec 2017 10:42 am by whisk-O-thek

Average value

€ 197.17

22 × in wishlist

65 × member ratings

172 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 21-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.71 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice synthesis of yeasty, saline distillery character and sour/savory notes of refill Oloroso. Beautifully done. No bitter tannins that would suggest they've used the finish merely to spruce up substandard casks. Still hugely overpriced though, especially since this isn't cask strength and there are comparable Indies out there for 2/3 to 1/2 the asking price: see for instance WID #118304.
    • Nose
      Simultaneously yeasty/fermentary and savory/sour. Herbal and spicy with distinct salinity. The sherry is not intrusive or even prominent but blends in beautifully with meaty/nutty refill notes. Very good, especially if you like the funky characteristics of the Tobermory distillate and cherish umami and nutty notes rather than overt fruitiness.
    • Taste
      Soft yet outspoken; the ABV is juuuust right. Smooth start, then things get more juicy, intense, and spicy. Builds up nicely, with umami and sour notes appearing first, swiftly followed by a burst of juicy red fruits and appealing acidity on the mid-palate; then it's back to savory again, with an added spicy component from the wood. No bitterness at all, and no overt woody taste either. It remains very juicy, chewy, and yummy. Excellent job on the sherry finish, which never feels tacked on.
    • Finish
      The weak point. Goes down nicely, but then it's over rather quickly, with little to no lingering aftertaste. Perhaps, with much goodwill, faint sensory memories of fennel and soup stock. A front-loaded malt if there ever was one.

  2. ThorinOakshield scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    for me it smelled weird... saying smelled to me like an old house, or wet cardboard . Taste is more than ok, but not really my cup of tea

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A good representative of a dry and tart variety of sherry aging, austere, well-balanced whisky, the aroma came out the most successful, with a rich palette of derivatives, a large number of shades and undertones; taste / finish are one step lower, but this does not violate the overall harmony.
    • Nose
      Discreet, damp, old furniture lacquer, dusty wood, dry medicinal herbs, coated tablets, old leather goods, raisins, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, earthy notes, a little cardboard, floral shades.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, old furniture, old leather goods, burnt rusks, coffee, dried fruits, dark chocolate, caustic mineral-metallic notes, pu-erh.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, burnt caramel, dried fruit, stout, earthy notes, ginger, tobacco.

  4. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    fair puddle
    Direct comparison to other Tobermorys
    what a cool malt I like
    • Nose
      tart, old oak becomes more, polish, nutty

      very later: light cheese
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      dark, old oak !!, good sherry !!, walnut, polish again, slightly dusty, coffee / espresso, dark chocolate (60%)
    • Finish
      tart, nutty becomes more, old oak, spicy, warm, espresso, dark chocolate (so 50-60%)

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is different from 21yo Manzanilla (WID: 91990). He looks darker and heavier in the nose and mouth. In addition, he also has such notes that remind me of my already emptied large bottle of the 15yo (WID 2948). I'll describe it with oranges, cloves and leather. I can not name it properly. But there are just notes in it that I totally agree with. They are especially noticeable in the mouth. The oak is more intense than the 21yo manzanilla.
    I like that. Unfortunately, no bargain.

  7. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Flowery notes and clear barrel influence are disturbed by sulfur.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Much better than in the nose. Beautiful oak, interesting sour, reminiscent of Sanostol in its sweetness.
    • Finish
      85 85


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