On first impression, there's a sweet-sour whiff of something lactic and musty on the nose, almost sulphury and reminiscent of cabbage or baby vomit. Probably due to sulphurous compounds resulting from the distillation process ("spirit sulphur"). Once past that, there's both fruitiness (apples, apricots) and sweetness (bubblegum and/or popcorn), a certain vinuous aspect and a very muted sense of oak in the background. Also a nuttiness that at times seems to shade into aromas of leather and/or polish. Going by the nose, I'm not expecting a whole lot of tanninicity, but rather a juicy, spirit- and (wet?) cask-finish-driven affair. Let's see...
Mmmmmh, good attack: juicy, oily, and sweet, with an immediate sequitur in the form of prickly oak (so I was wrong on that one) and a slight sting from the alcohol. So yes: this is immediately yummy and makes you yearn for a second sip before the first one has even gone down. Very juicy, lively, and impactful. As often happens, the nose also improves after taking the first sips, becoming more warm, welcoming, and sherry-infused. So are there only good things to say about this one? Sadly, no: for even if the initial impact is really eventful and thick, the overall development remains somewhat curt. Too swiftly, taste and aromas drop off a cliff, leaving behind slight heat and, at most, some tingling citrus. Not exactly the platonic ideal of a whisky finish, if you catch my drift.
Verdict: substantial, but feels a bit curtailed.
But, to be fair, even if the whole thing is rather front-loaded, with pretty much the whole experience taking place in the beginning, it's still a very entertaining and flavorful whisky. I'm glad I tried this (even if I won't buy a bottle), and it has certainly intrigued me enough to now be on the lookout for more modern Tobermories (I hope that's the correct plural) to try.