This is a typical modern "designed" whisky which design completely failed as the wine and spirit did not integrate but fight each other, the woods are too heavy (bitter-astringent) and the distillate is flawed (feinty notes of sweat and cheese). I used the spittoon, why to spent precious liver cells on stuff I do not like?
The colour is old gold and the nose offers the dirty side of Tobermory with sweaty-cheesy off-notes that I do not like (and which often can be found in Tobermory drams, unfortunately). The Marsala wine and the whisky did not really integrate and fight each other on the nose - but no one wins...
The taste continues on that unfortunate battle of flavours and the sweaty-cheesy dirty side takes control over time. Hey, whoever loves unbalanced and flawed drams - this one is a great showcase on that. Obviously, a lot of drinkers like such stuff (looking at the other ratings here at WB) and this is absolutely fine with me. You can have it all!
The initial mouthfeel is neither warming nor coating but somewhat bitter-astringent (tannins at work). The finish is of medium length and turns bitter-astringent from the heavy wooden notes. Not many pleasant flavours to mention here (according to my taste buds, only). Water strenghtens the off-notes in both nose and taste - so use it if you like very dirty drams only...