Tobermory 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Manzanilla Finish
Stated Age
21 years old
Manzanilla Sherry Casks Finish
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
P038850L5 16238
Added on
25 Jan 2017 4:51 pm by NorthCoast500
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 185.14

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 21-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.02 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Julia E S did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    (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.

  10. obst scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior


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