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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 1995 DR
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points
- Yowzah! What I usually appreciate in older Tobermories is the way that age has worn off the rough edges of the extremely idiosyncratic / funky / tangy distillate. This, however, feels like the 10 y.o. OB on steroids. The cask certainly has not tampered the spirit character. So if you like young, intense Tobermory without any interference, this one's for you. To my mind (or palate), it's missing some additional polish.
Pure unadulterated "essence of Mull": gherkins, brine, saltwater, overripe (if not spoiling) citrus fruit, sunflower oil, mud. It's basically the ten y.o. in cask strength; I'm struggling to detect signs of additional aging. Also seems a bit boozy compared to other 20-and-over Tobermories that I recall.
Salty, briny, oily, vegetal. Roast peanuts, heart of palm, mixed pickles, an idea of coconut... Actually not too bad without water, though adding some dials up the sweetness and reveals some cask char. And yeah, of course: still pretty extreme.
Long and saline, but a bit too rough and alcoholic for my taste.
- Great whisky, which does a good time in the air.
In the aroma French lemon pastry and at the bottom of the glass gooseberry pudding.
- Tasted at WTF2017 - August 2017
Rather delightful Tobermory. It has that exciting dirty "garbage" taste with some good old school rubber-bands. On the taste it is more minerally and clean. Good Stuff
- Tobermory - 21 years old 1995/2016 A.D. Rattray (Cask No. 437)
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Tobermory (Mull / Islands)Price: 51-100€ (90€ in Germany)53,4% ABV
Chill filtration: No
Artificial Colour: No
About the whisky: A.D. Rattray was founded in 1868. First this family run business specialized in importing wine and olive oil from Italy. But after a little while the Rattrays found out, that they do have a good hand for bottling whisky as well.Tobermory is the only distillery on the Isle of Mull. Founded in 1798 Tobermory produces two lines of whisky: "Tobermory" is the name for the unpeated version, while "Ledaig" is a whisky some of us would rather expect on Islay. At the start of this year the distillery annouced a three year shutdown due to renovations but the standard whisky are being continued.
Nose: This is something special. Mull is an island with vulcanic origins and the spring water on it is therefore really minerally.Maybe it is just my imagination but the notes I smell in this malt are quite fitting! Starting of with cough drop (really strong herbal notes) the dram developes just a really "clean" nose. It is like standing at a crystal clear river. I get the impression of a flowstone cave. Really minerally nose. This one wasn't the fan favourite, but I like it. It is special.
Taste: The bourbon casks start with a strong arrival. This whisky starts sweet and pleasant. The cask strength of 53,4% is noticeable but not too strong. I like drinking this one without adding water. Then spicy notes appear: Oak and again cough drops. Maybe a mountain meadow? Okay, let's not get too far away here. Then the mineral notes return: maybe chalk? Interesting for sure. Salt and a coastal touch stay.
Finish: In the finish the long maturation shines through: oaky and heavy. Dry bitterness and salt remain.
I can taste the origins of this whisky in it. There is a coastal, marine touch to it. And I really like that. But there is more: Mineral notes that I have never tasted before, something really "clean" about it. Most participants in the tasting didn't like this whisky as much as I did, so please keep in mind, that this is a really subjective review. But I think that you get a lot of value for your money: no colouring, no chill filtration, 21 years of maturation, cask strength and a unique flavour for just 90€? Sign me up!
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