Tobermory 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon & Virgin Oak
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
14 Apr 2019 12:26 pm by whisk-O-thek

Average value

€ 49.64

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 12-year-old

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.07 points

  1. Misterioso scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, beautiful interplay between sweetness and spice, always accompanied by a subtle fruitiness and a very pleasant sulfur note for me. The fruit flavors are constantly changing. Sometimes plums flash, then tropical fruits like pineapple.
    Also very balanced in the mouth, but not boring. Medium long, sweet and spicy finish with very pleasant tannins.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, spicy, lots of malt and vanilla, cereals, nutmeg, subtle sherry, light sulfur notes, hair spray, sour cucumbers, honey, sweet plums, cloves, fresh and strong mint, pine needles, always other fruits ... plums, pineapple, lemons , strong dark chocolate
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, pleasant spiciness, spiciness, peppermint, plums, nuts, oily, white pepper, chocolate, lots of grains, malt, honey, vanilla, changing citrus notes
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, cereals, wood, vanilla, light fruitiness

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very different from the ten-year-old it replaces. Initially I was under the assumption that some sherry casks must have been involved because this is so much rounder, sweeter, darker, and more cask-driven. Turns out I was wrong, but not completely: in contrast to the older 10 y.o., this bottling has indeed seen some "tampering", but not by means of ex-sherry-cask maturation. Instead, they used virgin oak for reracking (or finishing) the liquid.

    At any rate, the result is a success. Whereas I love me a twenty-and-up Tobermory, the regular Ten was always too yeasty and young, sour-bitter and raw for me. This, on the other hand, seems much more mature, much more well-composed and inviting. Either the two additional years of maturation have really made a difference, or the virgin oak has mellowed things out, or they've simply selected better casks.

    In sum, what we have here is the best of two worlds: the maritime, salty and briny Tobermory character is still very much on display, but it is counterbalanced beautifully by a rich and creamy sweetness from the oak (without becoming "woody" per se). Dangerously drinkable yet inherently complex. Oh, and affordable! Can we have more official bottlings like this one, please?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Caramel and sea salt with a side of vegetal brine and creamy American oak. Rich, sweet, oily.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Thick, chewy, lush and sweet initially. A burst of fruity acidity on the mid-palate. Then the peppery spice kicks in and carries things forward into a sour and zingy finale.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Ginger and lemongrass. Medium in length and very more-ish.

  4. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    One of the best standards for me in 2019.
    I personally like it better than its predecessor 10yo but understand even when fans say that it doesn't have the character like the 10yo.

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    This is an interesting one, but ultimately, I didn’t love it. There’s so much earth and seaside, at the expense of almost all the sweetness in the back half of the dram. I’d definitely call it unbalanced, but if those punky-wood, coastal, earthy flavours are your jam, you might dig this. It didn’t really do a whole lot for me though. I prefer the old version. If you’re finding whisky too sweet lately, give this one a go.

    Nose: Coastal and lightly sweet. Apple, pear, lemon, some peach, (heavily-)salted caramel, and buttery shortbread. It’s definitely earthy: there’s mud, some pine, tobacco, and maybe a whiff of rocky beach. There’s some kind of salted nuts in there as well as some malted barley. There’s a bit of a solvent-y note in here, but it comes across to me more as part of the brine rather than something obtrusive.

    Palate: Medium texture, slightly oily. Caramel, toffee, apple, vanilla, and nutmeg up front, before a quick development into something much earthier and dry. There’s a good dose of black pepper, the bitterness of punky (rotting) seaside wood, lots of leather, salt, and of course, salt. Very dusty, with something like bitter honey.

    Finish: Medium-length. A punch of woody, earthy, and dry. Salt-drenched coastal forest (much like they have on Mull, actually), clay, salt, tobacco, and herbs. Some banana, lemon, and dark chocolate, with more of that bitter honey. There’s the slightest hint of pastries wafting over.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Rather rich and pretty well put together, this Tobermory is a wonderful introduction to the distillery.
    • Nose
      Quite earthy with a hint of sweet malt and vanilla custard, but also some orange zest. Just a tinge of copper coins and plenty of minerality. Finally a whiff of honey and subtle stone fruits.
    • Taste
      Nice barley notes accompanied by pretty vibrant citrus flavours, quickly followed by a hit of oak shavings and spices — this is were the virgin oak makes its presence known. The whisky becomes slightly herbal and vegetal after.
    • Finish
      Herbal, spicy and drying. Medium in length.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I will not get really warm with that. Unfortunately, I have nothing of im here, but I think I like even the 10th better. Of course, he is paler in all aspects. But somehow more honest. The 12er works for me a little artificially charged.
    • Nose
      Fresh wood notes. Tree sap. Hedge trimming. Some floral notes. Sweet malt. The fruits go in the yellow direction, but seem a bit artificial to me. Also a cool and fresh touch. Anise.
    • Taste
      First sweet mixed with herbs. I'll say herbal tea with a lot of sugar candy. But then a seasoning to sharpness. In the tea you have added a fresh ginger slice and on the bite you just. Fruit muesli with light to yellow fruits (here, too, the fruits are somewhat artificial for me)
    • Finish
      Something resin. Wood notes. There is such a dryness and bitterness that I do not like. Not because of the intensity, but because of the kind.

  8. angielondonct scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    I attended the launch of the new Tobermory 12 in Glasgow. It was a pleasure to meet the master blender Kirstie McCallum!

    Tobermory 12
    From Isle of Mull
    Matured in American oak casks
    12 years old

    ▪️ Amber/Deep gold colour .
    ▪️On the nose: Toffee, vanilla, citrus, oak, spice, fruity
    ▪️On the palate: Citrus, creamy, vanilla, toffee
    ▪️The finish: Fruity and rich, very well balanced
    • Nose
      On the nose: Toffee, vanilla, citrus, oak, spice, fruity, floral
    • Taste
      On the palate: Citrus, creamy, vanilla, toffee
    • Finish
      The finish: Fruity and rich, very well balanced

  9. Stef89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    I like it very much. Is a modern composition with a lot of wood, a lot of vanilla, a lot of fruit and again a lot of wood.
    The main thing is a lot of everything.
    I like that, but it quickly gets monotonous.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lots of sweetness, lots of flavor. Alcohol makes your nose tingle. The orange filling from the Jaffa biscuits. Hrapefruit and something slightly salty. Looks very charged and wood-heavy. But still very tasty on the nose
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong, very spicy start. Slightly herbaceous and then nice and sweet. Since I had the Jaffa biscuit orange filling association, I can't get rid of it.
      Fruits become more intense and can be grasped slowly. Pear, tart apple and then the fruit turns into yellow juicy fruits. Again, very wood-heavy.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Not excessively long but sufficient. What has been tasted and smelled so far is continued. Only the intensive wood alone becomes too much here in places and thus also monotonous.

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    fair puddle
    Direct comparison to other Tobermorys
    hmm, not for me
    too bitter and bitter and the finish disappointed
    • Nose
      old wood, light banana becomes more, leicth plastic, light grain, pears, fruity (papaya?)
      later: more banana, green notes, sweeter, vanilla increases
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      exotic fruit, neat oak !!, tart, spicy, old notes / musty,
      later: dark fruit and rose hip
    • Finish
      medium long
      exotic fruit, oak, bitter / tart


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