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

Average value

€ 47,05

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.22 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. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 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
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  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. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    smells great - on the palate not my thing and a bit too bitter
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Mellow shallow, like other synthetic-style whiskies, vanilla, bakery, normal.
    • Taste
      Mellow, herb medicine, a bit peat maybe from the residue, a little bit farmy.
    • Finish
      Short, simple, sweet.

  6. Bam scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Again, I find the fresh oak again too dominant and unpleasantly bitter. Too bad, because the nose knows to please.
    • Nose
      Peppery, spicy, and honey sweet, strong citrus aromas, oranges and limes. Strong oak and vanilla. Slightly mineral.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky mouthfeel. Sweet citrus, honey, vanilla, candied orange and lemon. Then the oak comes very strong, and clearly bitter and sour.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dominated by bitter oak. The citrus fruits are still easy to feel.

  7. Miiro scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Honey. Oranges. Vanilla. Herbs. Some oak. Shortbread.

    Salty. Fresh. Strong herbs. Light sweetness. Some pepper. Creamy. Vanilla. Slightly bitter.

    Salty. Vanilla. Lemon. Slightly bitter. Herbs. Clove.

    Senior Blender Dr Kirstie McCallum has achieved a great malt. He is very balanced and full-bodied with dense aromas. As a standard paints really well.


  8. Misterioso scored this whisky 76 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 acquired in the Netherlands, of all the flavors described, hardly anything can 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.
    This suggests that refillable bourbon barrels could contribute little to the additive maturation of this whisky.
    Anyway, I find only the modest flavors (sweet and fresh oak) from a typical Virgin Oak ripening.
    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 will also find, with a little imagination, a modest hint of vanilla, a hint 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, but now I was able to clear it out due to a tasting by Pat Hock on Youtube, who apparently tasted a bottle from the same batch with the same result.

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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, for lack of a better term, more vinous. 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
      Caramel and sea salt with a side of vegetal brine. Rich, sweet, oily.
    • Taste
      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
      Ginger and lemongrass. Medium in length and very more-ish.

  10. mjr1987 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Apple jacks cereal, zest of a satsuma, honey and non salted butter spread on sourdough.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, grassy. Lemon zested almond butter, all butter almond croissants, glazed Danish pastries.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Good length. Naval oranges studded with cloves. Burnt barley sugar in a Teflon pan.


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