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

Average value

€ 47.63

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 12-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.73 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very floral, this nose. With camphor, peat and light smoke. Then the exotic fruits appear. Mango, lychees. A minty touch. Caramel. Eucalyptus. Vaporub. Tire, rubber, tar. Finally, the air of the sea. Salt, seaweed, foam. All this succeeds one by one.
    In the mouth, always the flowers. Roses, cherry trees. Vanilla and caramel. Finally, the pepper that goes up. Clove. Spices in the finish, vanilla pod, very long. Camphor, menthol and coconut mingle with caramel. Impression of freshness. It's a success.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a simple and good drinking whisky, but to appear pale in the mouth even at the border. In the finish it goes in a bitter-bitter direction, which does not really appeal to me, since it doesn't really show much else besides these notes.
    (Rating: -)
    • Nose
      84 84
      sweet; juicy-fruity; ripe fruit; Apples; Peach; Pear compote; a hint of mint; delicate spicy notes of fresh wood
    • Taste
      83 83
      soft and slightly syrupy; fruity sweetness; light fruits; Apples; Citrus; Honey; tart wood notes now show up more clearly than in the nose
    • Finish
      81 81
      short to medium length; delicately fruity; bitter-tart oak flavor

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, fruit salad, salted caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet and salty, fruity and slight slight peat, an earthiness as well.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Same notes as the palate with a nice peppery finish. Flavors linger nicely

  8. aksm_be scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. mer1973 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. WhiskyJoey1211 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A very nice drinkable whisky, well put together by Tobermory.
    • Nose
      Light chocolate with sherry and stone fruits. Very approachable.
    • Taste
      Nice light oily texture with light sherry and hints of vanilla, cereal and grains.
    • Finish
      Malty and dark chocolate, with a light lingering finish of raisins and sherry.


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