This whisky is to replace the Tobermory 10 and for me to say the least a total disappointment.
I wonder what whisky the other reviewers may have had in the glass. In any case, in my bottle purchased in the Netherlands, of all the flavors described, there is hardly anything to be found. According to paper, this whisky should have matured in ex-bourbon barrels and then have experienced a ripening in the Virgin Oak. Exactly on it lets close the nose, there appear but slight fresh wood notes and a little sweetness and otherwise almost nothing. Even after waiting for a quarter of an hour, there is no significant change.
Fruit notes, vanilla, cereal notes are virtually non-existent and it stays that way.
That makes me conclude that the bourbon barrels have been refilled and that they did not add much to the additive ripening of this whisky and left little traces.
In any case, I find only the poor flavors (sweet and fresh oak) from a typical Virgin Oak ripening, which are a no go for me.
In the taste, everything points to the Virgin Oak ripening. The whisky is predominantly disgustingly sweet, complemented by a subtle grain note and also a patched and discordant fresh oak emerges again.
Behind these dominant aromas you can find with a little imagination also a modest vanilla note, a little bit of citrus and something nutty with a lot of imagination. That's it.
In the mouth and on the finish, it shows a strong alcoholic sharpness, which I find unpleasant, again the sticky sweetness and a little oak.
Yes, what should one say about that?
This one-dimensional whisky is a huge disappointment to me and has in no way met my expectations.
I am even more disappointed with Tobermory's product management, which claims that after a two-year distillery revision, they celebrate the reopening with such a dubious whisky, taking the ever-improving 10s off the market.
Due to the high ratings given here, I had some doubts about my sense of taste. After bravely trying to find access to this whisky, my judgment has not changed. Interestingly, on Youtube I found a tasting video from Pat Hock about this whisky, which obviously tasted a bottle from the same batch with the same attributes and the same result. This actually indicates different batches in the market with significant differences in quality. Since everyone can now make his own judgment over it, for me, the topic Tobermory is, however, initially done.