Tobermory 10 year old is a decent enough entry level bottling, though it’s a little eccentric – part sharp and fresh, part malty and oaty and part musty and barnyard. At times it feels like it can’t make up its mind which profile it really wants to head down, and therefore sits a little awkwardly across the all. That said, this does bring with it a level of interest and complexity….which likewise offers characterful changes in both the glass and the bottle over time.
Malty and mossy. Initially we’re greeted with fresh garden notes – hay, pine and grasses – and also some less fresh, moist vegetal aromas – wet leaves and strong moss. Malts, barley and oats quickly follow. There’s little fruitiness here – only some slight sourness suggested from citrus. After a little time resting in the glass we get some ginger spicing, toffee and also some farmyard.
Oily and sharply mineral. A decent arrival in terms of mouthfeel brings some much needed sweetness and fruit – ripe apple, orange peels and lemons. Mossy herbalness is still present (strangely sharp and rock like – almost like a Cliffside moss growing on a coastal sea wall) as is the overt maltiness. Now the cask comes more to the fore with ginger and pepper, but also some bitterness. There’s a touch of vanilla and pepper here, and perhaps even a slight hint of smoke – which could be cask char.
Relatively short and expressing pepper, ginger and malts.