Tobermory 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Marsala Finish
Stated Age
15 years old
Marsala Finish
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 dec 2017 6:45 pm by
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 133.02

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Whisky reviews for Tobermory 15-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.14 points.

  1. AnnEm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A lot happens with this malt. Really exciting. Exciting development from wine-sweet / fruity-sweet to sour-maritime to chewing gum-sweet / licorice-spicy. Even if that sounds adventurous now. And it's really full-bodied and deep.
    • Nose
      First of all overripe light fruit, windfalls. Then he becomes leathery-sweaty-fine. Oily / buttery / rancid. Earthy. Fleshy. Carbon notes? Nice aromatic depth, diverse fruit, which over time expands to include blackberries and blueberries. It also has something sour and fresh, paired with malty-spicy aromas.
    • Taste
      First of all, vinous and sweet. Has a lot of bite. Maritime notes and a sour impression. But that works because it is also very full-bodied.
    • Finish
      Chocolatey. Creamy, nicely covers the entire mouth. Peppery warmth. Toasted notes. Coffee. Vinous, tannins. Tart fruit. From the back, however, a Hubba Bubba impression that I find somehow strange. This impression is paired with a lot of barrel flavor, which in the end goes towards licorice.

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  3. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: amber (without dye)
    - an intense aromatic single malt
    - looks much older than 15 years.
    - very intense and complex
    • Nose
      intense fruity sweet first impression, dark sherry, red fruits, raisins, a bit vinous
    • Taste
      oW: strong, intense (still too strong) fruity attack, you can taste the "dark" intense aroma of the longer aging period in oak barrels;

      mW: much more pleasant, retains this intensive dark fruit aroma and the disturbing alcohol note is gone, seems heavy, oily, a bit "thick", oak, dark red fruits / berries, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      intense medium to long finish;
      long spicy aftertaste

  6. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Despite only "finish" a heavy, intense and very good single malt - it looks older than 15 years.
    This definitely needs water - with about 46- 49% it has an ideal drinking strength in my opinion ...
    [Color:] = mahogany;
    • Nose
      with water: heavy wine aromas, sweetness, some alcohol, spices, tobacco, oak
    • Taste
      very sweet, thick, heavy, intense, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, spices, wood, spicy oak; multi-layered,
    • Finish
      good medium length, very sweet with a long, spicy finish;

  8. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Sweet overripe banana, varnish, quite some sweet and not that very old (?) oak, mild vinous notes, a touch of cooling herbaciousness or mintiness. (89-90p).
    TASTE: The arrival is quite wood dominated. This continues onto the mid palate, with astringency and black pepper tannins. Behind this there is a basic oiliness and sweetness. (88-89p).
    FINISH: Green, minty, herbacious, with peppermint oil (87-88p).
    OVERALL: Quite oak influenced whisky with a green, herbacious fruitiness. Appears to be Bourbon cask matured. Takes a little water well and becomes slightly sweeter. Total score 88 points.

  9. ruedi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    give 91 points for the Tobermory 15 Marsala finish. A very successful single malt whisky from the Tobermory distillery. The post-maturation in the Marsala casks goes perfectly with the Tobermory whisky!

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    In 2017 Tobermory released this official 15 years old on the market. It was bottled at cask strength and finished on Marsala wine casks. Marsala is a fortified wine produced on the Italian island of Sicily. This wine never gets an age statement because it is aged via the solera-system, as is also custom in the sherry industry. Marsala is also a classic ingredient in Tiramisu, but let’s stick to the whisky for now.

    Tobermory is unmistakable on the nose with it’s light coastal character and typical hessian sacks. But that is decorated with strawberries, candied sugar, black grapes and marzipan. Cloves and vanilla are there too. Molded wood but without disturbing. Becomes sweeter as it get to breathe. I am surprised in a good way.

    It starts very sweet and syrupy, but soon a good helping of salt is added, making this quite coastal indeed. The Marsala tries to counter that by adding some dried fruit and dark honey. But it’s very sharp, because of the high ABV. If you’re not careful, you might cut yourself! Tobacco, green herbs and liquorice try to get a piece of the action, but to no avail.

    The finish is wonderfully long, warm with lots of woodsmoke and a true battle between sweet and salty.

    In all honesty, I had expected this to be sweeter, but at the end of the day, this is simply an outstanding Tobermory. Impressive!

  11. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: wine, sweet notes, vanilla

    Taste: Creamy from the very beginning with the addition of dryness. One slightly cropped in the background. Also some fruit and toffee. The taste is quite deep and strong.

    Rating: 88 100 Pretty long, slightly dry. Good price ratio of the bottle to its taste. At daily dram I think it will be a good whisky.

  12. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  13. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    well done. ~ 105 € a no-brainer. adding water and time if you like the sweet stuff. 
    • Nose
      without any doubt a tobermory - costal and somehow dirty, dark grapes, sweet strawberry punch, vanilla. 
    • Taste
      mouth coating, super sweet, treacle toffee, dried fruit mix, subtle brininess, oak - powerfull but not sharp.
    • Finish
      warm & sweet oak, pleasent pepper, not bitter,  strawberry flavour,  costal brininess again. stays long on the tongue.


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