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Tobermory 21-year-old

Overall rating
88.15/100
votes
231
Whiskybase ID
WB91990
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Manzanilla Finish
Bottled
25.08.2016
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Manzanilla Sherry Casks Finish
Number of bottles
5508
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P038850 L5 xx:xx 16238
Barcode
5029704218509
Added on
25 jan 2017 4:51 pm by NorthCoast500
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 201.93

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 21-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a good example that not every finish works properly. This one is neither integrated nor balanced and I guess the malt casks used on this batch were of a rather low quality (leached) as the malt contributes almost nothing to the profile. If you like sherry over malt this is okay, otherwise shy away.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a punchy and imbalanced profile where malt and wine aromas seem to fight a fiery battle. This is a 'perfect' example of a failed finish, at least in the nose. This is no pleasure to sniff. Water reduces the alcoholic dominance but release almost no new aromas, I hardly find any malt-driven impression.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is better but again the three components malt, wine and wood did not really integrate and somehow fight each other. The wine and wood is dominant with the wood adding quite significant bitter notes. The malt is almost not detectable, the sherry is tasty. This tastes more of a high-proof sherry than a whisky, to be honest.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives hot and peppery on the palate with a nice creamy texture and some distracting drying-astringent moments (tannins). The finish is of medium length and adds some delicious chocolatey impressions beside the ever present bitter wooden notes. It dries out heavily towards the end which turns increasingly unpleasant with cardboardy off-notes. Water helps to smooth the dram but does not improve the profile, I prefer this dram reduced to about 45% abv.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smell is not for Leckermäulchen and Likörtrinkter. If you like it, you will find it here. The combination of the flavors is exciting and independent.
    The taste is very intense and needs getting used to. Not everyone likes this combination of flavors. The same applies to the departure.

    I do not like Tobermory, I do not like a Ledaig and I do not like Manzanilla sherry, which has put a very clear stamp on this whisky. This whisky did not change my mind. But that I do not like all that is up to me and not the whisky. He is very well done in my opinion and for someone who is looking for such flavors, just right. That's why I give a high rating, although I personally do not like the whisky.
    • Nose
      The first impression is very spicy and earthy, followed by herbs, wood, a hint of cherry, some cassis and a hint of lime.
      After a while, it gets milder and peach flavor plays into the foreground.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sharp on the tongue, oily in texture, chilli, and nothing else at all, then it slowly gets milder with a slightly acidic note, traces of sulfur, the associations of salt, dark oak, some orange
    • Finish
      The oak dominates the finish, in addition, repeat the bitter / salty impressions from the mouth, in addition comes liquorice

  3. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is unique, the funk and sweetness is one I haven’t experienced (it’s not like Springbank if that’s what your thinking). But it is complex and balanced. Very enjoyable for those who like sherry and things out of the ordinary.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Funky sherry, dark fruits, orange, dark chocolate, something savory (like beef broth?)
    • Taste
      92 92
      Much like the nose, a dank funky sweetness, cauliflower? Strawberry compote, figs, a nice barrel/oak spice comes out after the sweetness. One would never guess it’s almost 54%.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Fairly long, doesn’t get dry. Somehow manages to stay very juicy.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The base distillate and finish are excellent, though slightly overpriced.
    • Nose
      Spicy Manzanilla sherry. Honey, black cherry, plum, citruses and mint.
    • Taste
      Oily, strong, creamy. The spicy Manzanilla sherry is also perfectly visible here. Marzipan, salt, oak, coffee and herbals.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  5. Amaliana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Rosing and a lot of rum pot, allspice, plum, stomach bread, cherry jam, a refreshing mint (menthol?) And gently purged. The taste for this age surprisingly little (!) But pleasant wood, mahogany of the rosewood and all the aromas of the fragrance can be found in the taste again. Warm, nutty and dry. Rum balls, slightly peaty, fresh wood, some cherry, yeast dough and toasted toast. Strong, dry sherry (amazing because it's just a finish) light liquorice notes, cocoa powder and very dark chocolate, a bit metallic and coffee notes. Departure is long, quite dry, with water clearer cocoa notes, slightly smoky and withering walnut leaves, crossed by fruit, wood and marzipan.

  6. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review. Whisky calendar - Day 11.

    My wife is a huge Tobermory fan, so I better pick my words carefully. Quite an unusual and acidic nose, featuring pink grapefruit, fresh ginger and a touch of red roses. On the palate, raspberries and peach are complemented by black tea, soda and complex spices. Hints of fructose sparkle in the long and dry finish. It's not my preferred style of malt, but there is no denying that this whisky has a lot to offer.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS

  7. GlasMost scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Let my be frank. I love todays Tobermorys. They´ve improoved their quality over the past decade constantly. Great work.
    Manzanilla is not one of my favorite sherry types from the Sherry triangle around Jerez.
    It leaves its bitter-dry impression on the malt from Mull.

    Nose is exciting & promising. The whisky is salty, spicy & oily on the palate. Water helped. I am fond of "dirty stye" malts but I do not like liquorice. I detected that flavor in the finish. Hard to get rid of after swallowing. Worse than traces of sulphur in my opinion.

    Relatively short and simple finish for 21yo.
    Nothing to search for but an interesting malt. Its DNA even withstands the lame casks and the dry liquorice notes.
    2 extra points for effort & age from a Tobermory fanboy.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Interesting nose with nice Manzanilla notes, but all in all the finishing effect is too "front-loaded": it's steadily downhill from nose to palate to finish, and I'm struggling to detect the typical 21-and-over Tobermory flavors beneath the wet-cask veneer of the extra maturation.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Curiously sweet for a malt from Mull. Behind this confectionary impression I find salt and umami, plus an herbal side, walnuts and liquorice. The strength leaves plenty of room to play with water, yet the nose doesn't change dramtically this way.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very sweet and savory, with a sticky, winey side but also dark roast flavors and a lot of salinity. Tasty enough, but not hugely complex. I'm really missing the Tobermory character as well - it's gotten buried beneath all that fortified wine.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Nicely salty but a bit short. The oak never really shows, it's still rather syrupy and sweet.

  9. BABOtheker scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Complex, rich and full-bodied
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet oak, orange peel with citrus and rum raisins
    • Taste
      92 92
      Dry sweetness, oily spiced bitter orange, citrus, well balanced oak with overriped pear and hints of vanilla
    • Finish
      92 92
      Dry and long-lasting finish with lemons, dried fruits and spices

  10. Radar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. malt maniacs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: amber (without dye)

    - a great intense winter whisky for the cold season
    (but I'm sure it tastes good in summer too) ;-)
    - you can feel the long maturation period and the complexity
    clear
    - great taste experience
    - 150€ is a lot, but for a good quality 21 year old.
    old single malt unfortunately common today and to the current ones
    Times with the development of prices certainly
    justified
    • Nose
      Spicy, strong, maritime, orange, Christmas spices, clearly noticeable alcohol, even more interesting with water
    • Taste
      without water: very strong alcoholic start, appears complex and aromatic, however, many aromas are dominated and suppressed by the strong alcohol;

      mW: aromatically intensive character is retained despite the water, lots of oak, sherry and a hint of dark chocolate, very ripe and the age is clearly noticeable
    • Finish
      long intense finish ;
      very long spicy aftertaste

  13. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice color.
    Nice big drops.

    Oh!
    It smells great!
    I'm always happy about a drop that doesn't smell like any other.
    This one is special.
    He's got something creamy.
    Fermented fruit, heavy and intense.
    The wood is aromatic, the alcohol is very well integrated.

    But then: very strong in acceleration,
    spicy-tart oak bark,
    Chocolate,
    Grapes,
    Vanilla.
    Great aroma!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. daniel1312 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Smell: rubber, leather, plum, slight sweetness
    Taste: citrus, burnt wood, dry fruits
    Finish: Plum, slightly salty, sandy, dark chocolate

  16. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A good representative of the combination of sweet-creamy and industrial-mineral beginnings, the taste is the brightest and juiciest, the aroma rather hints at what awaits you, and the finish softly finishes - the main effect is concentrated precisely in the taste - dense, rich, perfectly balanced.
    • Nose
      Open, damp, woody notes, carpentry workshop, beer shades, slightly creamy tones - condensed milk, toffee; light minerality - stone dust, plaster; flower and berry motifs.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, bright woody tones with no less bright and juicy creamy notes - toffee, boiled condensed milk, fudge; light pepper wave, dried fruits - mostly various raisins; strong mineral-industrial shades - burnt sparklers, ash, metallic aftertaste; chocolate bar, sour coffee, tobacco leaf.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, tobacco leaf, oak, light mineral-metallic, sourish tones, leather goods, remains of creamy sweetness, raisins, cola.

  17. stalker1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. DannyDram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Grapefruit peel, spicy, herbal, oak, waxy, cherries. Lively, citric acid, crystal sugar sweetness, good start, wiry, strong body, moderate intensity of the aromas, slight bitterness.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    ... a Tobermory that may polarize - but I'm totally thrilled!
    [Color:] = rich amber;
    • Nose
      90 90
      soft, harmonious, raisins, oranges, sherry, Christmas spices, vanilla, wood;
    • Taste
      91 91
      pure drinkable - but "3 drops" of water are good for him:
      In the beginning oily, creamy and honey-sweet, juicy raisins, sherry, creamy chocolate, slightly dry, astringent, distinctive oak, pepper, salt, ripe and beautifully complex;
    • Finish
      91 91
      quite long and dry spicy in the finish; the oak also in the aftertaste;

  20. Merl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Is very similar to the Croftengea 2005 AWWC (WB183875).
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Julia E S did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (Sample impression)

    Very vinous, dark earthy and musty, mushy strawberries, sulfur, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate, straw, at the end a beautiful old wood that ends very fine and long with a lot of sherry. Already very fine,
    however, the sherry could be a little better integrated into the malt. Those who like it sherry-heavy will surely be happy here. (89+)

  23. obst scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  24. Paulsen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    i like oak, so i like this 21yo Tobermory. the cask is very dominant. the manzanilla finish is, like i can say also for the 12 yo, a bit disappointing. wet casks? the “sweet” doesn’t feel sustainable. although i have to say that because of the high price. for 80 euros i would make this a regular in my bar.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Sven76 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Only something for oak lovers!

  27. rampah scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Some strange butter notes in it, not my cup of tea.

  28. Maxallan scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Tasting paired against matching Leadig 21 Manzanilla (WBID: 138701)
    ——————————————
    A complex and potent dram, which deserves time in the glass and your full attention. Orange blossoms, tangy lasting sweetness and oak wood.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry oak, orange zest, a light and cool breeze of lemon balm and caramel sweetness. After a couple of sips there’s a light whiff of that Mull musky dampness.
    • Taste
      Sweet lord baby Jesus: that’s sweet and creamy, with a full range of moro oranges, grapefruit, overripe pear and a light peppery heat, which quickly passes and gives way to drying wet oak.
    • Finish
      Lasting toffee and caramel sweetness, light dryness which passes and leaves an oaky and lingering sweet aftertaste. For ages.

  29. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very exciting part. Complex, but also takes getting used to and definitely nothing for every day, or easy drinking. Tolerates water, which makes it rounder and more "classic". I particularly like it in the mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very dry, somewhat hot, lovage, fermented fruit, some oak, leather, something with metal. With water and a little standing time, it becomes fruity, plums and dates come out.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Yes, very dry sherry, you can notice the manzanilla finish. Strong and spicy start. Rather mineral, but with a fine sweetness. With water it becomes softer and rounder and delivers the classic sherry flavors.
    • Finish
      91 91
      dry and long, great spicy finish with lots of oak, without being bitter.

  30. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-10-2020 at Wadden Sea National Park.

  31. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  33. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    fair puddle
    Direct comparison to other Tobermorys
    boah is not at all
    Mazanilla the 12 was not for me and the 21 is even more violent
    • Nose
      starts behaving / closed, a strange note that gets stronger, liquorice, light cheese, black rubber, grassy notes, tart, nut?

      later: maggika herb and becomes stronger, dark and old wood !!, plastic like from staplers
    • Taste
      strong with booms on the palate
      strange note from the Manzanilla barrel, plastic and becomes stronger, rotten wood, buttery note, red fruit, tart
    • Finish
      medium to long
      this funny note, tart becomes stronger, artificial, oak comes and slays, buttery note

  34. Ganga scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    While there were some nice components, it was foul with rubber. Very strongly. Maybe this would blow off with time but I will never know.

  35. ballunder scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Musky, nutty nose with some vanilla and orange. Very spicy palette, with some toffee up front, sugary middle and then quite nutty. Actually, it has almost a signature nutty "snap" at the finish along with some bitter, dark chocolate- the "snap" is like an intense peanut brittle - a highlight which I really liked.

  36. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little more complicated compared to 12yo (WID: 92200). But not meant negative. Pure, he does not show everything. But he does not tolerate too much water.
    He has in comparison to the 12er again more Manzanilla influence and also an interesting fermented note. Acts altogether calmer, dignified and voluminous. But certainly not boring. The tingling of the oak is interestingly much less than the 12er. Like another level better than the 12er.

  37. ruedi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Odor: 90
    Taste: 92
    Finish: 92

  38. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The nose is nutty and fruity, my first impression is not a good one mainly because it is closed and distant, perhaps water will assist?
    Water releases a little ginger but still not very expressive.

    Really spicy on the palate with a nice sweetness , but not well balanced , however the sweetness grows.

    I cut this short, not a fan of this and far too expensive for what you are getting but the sweetness will appeal to some I am sure.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. Barbone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. AgentMunky scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      7//7
    • Taste
      75 75
      7.5//7
    • Finish
      85 85
      8//8.5

  42. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, mild, surprisingly round for cask strength. Takes a drop of water very well. Nice one. 

  43. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    well done. exceptional whisky ! 
    • Nose
      white wine aroma (morio muscat), smooth citrus notes, dark honey, cherries, no alcohol. 
    • Taste
      sweet, oily arrival with honey, salty cereals, almonds. 

      develops to dry opulent grape notes with mint & fresh oak aroma. reminds on white wine from a barrique cask.
    • Finish
      mouth coating, raisins, cherries, soft pepper mix & the smell of a white wine cask. rather dry and long. 

  47. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      At first surprisingly light and fresh. Apple juice, limes, brown sugar. Then dates, raisins, vanilla pods. White wine.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sticky. Honey, lemon cake, nutmeg. White chocolate with almonds and some pepper. Medium.

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