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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