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.