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Overall rating
80.20/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Moon-Import (MI)
Bottling serie
The Animals
Vintage
1972
Bottled
1990
Casknumber
1527 - 31
Number of bottles
600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
01 Jun 2009 3:24 pm

Average value

€ 419.68

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42 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 1972 MI

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.20 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 34 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  DO NOT OPEN THIS BOTTLE - this is a collector's item only!!!

    While the nose is quite ok (but not really good) this
    tastes like liquid soap and what the hell did the Moon people think when
    they bottled this back in 1990?  Most probably they were ROFLing when
    they imagined the face of someone who takes the first sip.  Totally
    weird...

    But what happened during production back in 1972?  How
    came these extremely soapy flavours in a whisky?  I remember many Edradours from that period have a comparable
    soapiness (Glenturret 1966 OB https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14469/glenturret-1966 and Glen Garioch 1970 OB https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90580/1970 are
    also known for their soapy notes, but not as extreme as this one).  By far the most extreme is the Edradour 1971 from the same Moon-Animals series https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3974/edradour-1971-mi.

    I
    had a long chat about this issue with Charlie Smith during the Speyside
    Whisky Festival this year.  He is the most experienced and longest
    serving stillman in the industry today and was active in the late
    sixties already.  Actually, he said "I have no clue where such extreme
    soapiness comes from.  Yes, it was a common practice throughout the
    whole whisky industry to use soap to reduce the foam in both the
    washbacks and the wash stills.  We cut little chunks from a big soap
    cube and simply threw these in the washbacks or through a special
    opening of the wash still.  It worked very well.  But this soap was a
    neutral one and had no influence on any taste at all."

    So, was
    the mashman or stillman at Tobermory too drunken back in 1972 so they
    mistook the soap with that from the gent's room?  Did they clean the
    washbacks with the wrong soap?  Nobody will know for sure anymore, maybe
    it was all different...

    To add a different opinion, This is what Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com wrote:

    Tobermory
    1972/1990 (46%, Moon 'The Animals',
    cask #1527-31, 600 bottles)

    I hope this one will be as great as
    the superb ‘De Viris Illustribus’
    version. Nice frogs on the label anyway…
    ;-). Colour: straw. Nose: quite punchy,
    starting on something vaguely medicinal
    (mercurochrome) and rather porridgy
    at the same time. There is some peat
    as well (although I wouldn’t
    say it’s a mislabelled Ledaig),
    notes of manure, bitter oranges, something
    like fruits starting to rot, new plastic,
    wet dog… Don’t Get me
    wrong, all that is quite pleasant
    in fact, just very different from
    what we’re used to. Notes of
    gin. Gets much peatier with time,
    with also quite some pepper, hints
    of mustard, ashes and shoe polish…
    On second thought, there may well
    be a little Ledaig in this one. Mouth:
    well, this is extremely ‘different’
    to say the least, not sure I’ll
    find what I need in my usual tasting
    vocabulary. Starts with lots of shampoo
    (just like when you forgot to close
    your mouth when taking a shower),
    plastic, waxed cardboard (or something
    like that)… And cologne (like
    when you forgot to close your mouth
    when….), glue (?)… Well,
    you got it, this palate is plain weird
    and, honestly, flawed. Funny but flawed.
    Finish: gets a little better once
    the shampoo is gone but… In
    short, if you ever put your hands
    on this one, you’ll have a lot
    of fun nosing it but please don’t
    let the liquid touch your lips. I’
    even wondering if they didn’t
    let those frogs bathe in the whisky
    before bottling. 60 points
    (for the nose).
    • Nose
      50 50
    • Taste
      10 10
    • Finish
      15 15

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    probably. the other gentlemen had a spoiled bottle - I shared my dram with William Hodgekin in Limburg in 2019 and he also had nothing to complain about - except and there we agreed that 46% are just a bit thin :)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. bachmann1 scored this whisky 56 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      35 35
    • Taste
      36 36
    • Finish
      29 29

  4. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 319 € at Whiskyauction in Oct.2016and for 310 € in May 2015

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