Tobermory 20 yo 1995/2015 (54.7%, Rest & Be Thankful, bourbon, cask #1076, 250 bottles)
Back to 1995, aren't we curious? Colour: white wine. Nose: could it be a
vintage thing? This one's cleaner and better balanced again, with some
malt for sure but very little 'dirty yeast', in a style that's very
similar to that of the first 1995. Sunflower oil, vanilla, brioche,
wool, mashed potatoes... I guess what's really important with this
profile is balance, and balance seems to have been achieved. With water:
croissants ;-). Mouth (neat): excellent, zesty yet rounded (thanks to
the bourbon wood), with a perfect earthiness underneath, and these
rather delicate yeasty and malty notes from the distillate. Not to
forget its coastalness (peppered oysters). With water: goody good, just a
little less polished than the first 1995. Seriously, a vintage thing?
Finish: rather long, earthier, more peppery. Hints of tequila in the
aftertaste (we'll soon do a massive tequila tasting, by the way).
Comments: all very good. Good work on Tobermory by some indies these
days. SGP:452 - 86 points.