...but not with this batch. No obvious off-notes this time but no remarkable highlights or unique characteristics either. An unimpressive dram that is best enjoyed a little reduced to tame the bitter tannins (unless you prefer the modern wood-driven style). This is a positive tendency for Tobermory (to me), so please: stay on that route!
The colour is pale gold and the nose is a little punchy first. After some breathing it offers a grassy-bready profile with some fruits (apples, pears) and honeys in a modern wooden structure. Actually, no off-note this time but nothing really remarkable either. This could be any young malt from any of the blending-designated distilleries, hard to find an unique character. But it is not bad at all, just unimpressive...
The taste is sweet on barley sugars and grassy-floral with hints of fruits only. Again no flaw or off-note which is great (for a Tobermory) but there is no flavour highlight either. After some chewing the wood takes control like so often with modern drams and turns the whole tasting experience rather bitter-spicy (what I do not like).
The dram arrives without any remarkable mouthfeel on the palate except a minor bitter-drying moment (tannins of the modern woods). The finish is short and gets increasingly bitter-drying on the now dominant wooden tannins. Water releases more grassy-waxy notes in the nose and turns the taste sweeter (honeys) and smoother - hence more enjoyable. I like this dram best reduced to about 40% abv.