Comparison of two 1995 Tobermorys made from ex-Bourbon Hogsheads:
Tobermory 1995-2021 Zanzibar 52.3% vs. Tobermory 1995-2019 whisky broker 53.0% (WID 137031).
Color: darker gold, with the broker bottling being a tad darker.
In the nose, both are very similar. I think burned the same day. The other WhB-Tobermory (171466) that I also have had, as far as I can remember, significantly greater differences. (But I'm not pouring it myself now, it'll be too much of a good thing.)
Both Tobermorys smell of exotic fruits (also of jackfruit), of Asia-Laden-Muff (smell of muff is good), of sea spray with algae and of old wood. At the broker Tobermory, the mango is also very distinctive.
Unfortunately, the Tobermory of Zanzibar has something immature about it. An unripe yellow apple, perhaps. It is also a bit more alcoholic and has a very slight fusel note. The longer it stands in the glass, the more the unripe apple and light fusel will prevail. At the same time, however, the maritime note is getting stronger. At some point, some cough syrup or Kalanchoe tincture will be added. The difference to the broker Tobermory is becoming more and more clear, going in the direction of some older Miltonduffs and similar Speysiders, e.g. 28-er Ben Bracken. The broker Tobermory meanwhile keeps its heavy Asian shop muff. (And it is also less strongly filtered, I can just see. Lots of very small suspended particles. The Sansibar bottling, on the other hand, is crystal clear.)
Palate: I start with the Zanzibar because I already know about the other one that it has a very long finish.
The start is creamy, maritime, balanced, tasty, with a hint of lychee, Asian spices and Kalanchoe tincture. Nice light fruit and little wood. After chewing around for a few seconds, however, the alcohol, a slight fuzziness and the unripe bitter-sour apple are bothersome. Still a very good malt, but definitely not worth the 165 euros, not even "in today's times". It has a bit of what some call "typical Cadenheads" on the palate and doesn't necessarily mean it positively. I would pay a maximum of 110 euros for it.
The finish is then a little better again, especially the apple more ripe. This remains in the mouth for a medium length of time, which is quite pleasant. Still little wood.
Rating of the Sb-Tobermory: 92/91/91.
Continuation: Now I'm just smelling the Broker Tobermory again, and the salivation starts immediately.
Palate: Significantly heavier than the Zanzibar; concentrated exotic fruit, the mouthfeel is like a hot fruit cake. Maritime, fruity, salty, strong, very woody, somewhat peppery, slightly syrupy. No Apple. Instead, mango & jackfruit. All in all a kind of anti-cadenhead.
Finish: Very long with slightly bitter fruit peel, wood, sea spray.