Tobermory 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Manzanilla Finish
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon + Manzanilla Sherry Casks Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
31 Jan 2017 6:37 pm by ebbe-sand@web.de

Average value

€ 95,58

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 12-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.48 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It's delicious. Dirty, strong, crisp, intense, lots of aromas ... not round, harmonious, easy drinking. But 85-90 € are a little too self-confident, because I still miss the last kick, something special, and strength.
    • Nose
      after a while it becomes softer, velvety, toffee, milk chocolate, raisins, a hint of cinnamon, brown sugar
    • Taste
      strong, crispy, tangy - that's earth again, salt, citrus fruits, to it biscuits, some pepper, wood, nut, candy ... unlike other tasters, I find it not creamy, not homogeneous, rather "confused", but not in the negative sense, but more like muesli or trail mix - mixed, grainy, meaty, what to bite
    • Finish
      long, strong ... on the palate a tart sweet cocoa sugar beet syrup note, then long heat, pepper, salt, oak

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Hui, the nose stands out clearly from the "competition". On the one hand very fruity with sugar sweet notes, on the other side dirty, wild and with fine associations of sea salt and algae. The fruity part is dominated by sweet peaches, pineapples, mandarins, lemons and oranges. Hints of ripe forest berries linger in the background. Caramel, walnuts, oak spices, tobacco leaves and salt complete the multi-layered nose. Even after 15-20 minutes, I discover more flavors. Makes you want to more!
    • Taste
      The complexity continues seamlessly in terms of taste. The mouthfeel is very oily at first, warming and at the same time stimulating saliva flow. The alcohol content of 46.3% is very well integrated and ensures an intensive transport of aroma. The sweet notes are present immediately, but also spices / herbs and wood notes follow almost without delay. Very interesting! The taste of juicy oranges stands out, but peaches, dried fruits and caramel sweets are also present. On the side of heavy aromas, I perceive a noticeable oak spiciness, followed by herbs, salty dark chocolate, light roasted aromas and nuts. Wonderfully multi-layered and balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The sweet fruits set the last accents on the palate, before clearly maritime and spicy notes take over the flavor upper hand. Dark chocolate, herbs and oak dominate the finish at the end. A slight dryness occurs, but without becoming unpleasant or furry on the tongue.

  3. FrankDrebin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A beautiful fabric, very great barrel, not the hint of a false note, everything great complex, delicious and juicy and fruity, very tasty and yet with nice corners and edges. What a pleasure that I got the bottle cheap. A real treat. Tobermory can do it!
    • Nose
      Nice, clean and clear sherry nose. Immediately very fruity. Oranges, pears, peaches and honeydew melon, some mint behind. Very gentle, fresh and round.
    • Taste
      Great, sugar-sweet start. Very fruity and oily, wonderfully integrated alcohol, great creamy mouthfeel. Sweetish and tart notes of orange and honey first, then tingling sensation on the edge of the tongue, slight ginger and chili sharpness, a few grapes, very slow transition into the delicate bitterness of a dark chocolate candied orange peel, later bergamot (Earl Gray tea). Everything is very round, soft, oily, spicy, sweet, sour and spicy. Great great compexity. Very juicy impression, extremely fruity-juicy and then slowly drier.
    • Finish
      Beautiful, soft, long finish, no tannins, exactly metered barrel influence, not too much and not too little, not too bitter, yet spicy, not too furry, but still nice and dry. Sweet oranges linger a bit longer in the mouth, as well as the gentle tingling of chillies.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An intense, great, maritime Tobermory.
    Wonderful and very intense!
    [Color] amber.
    • Nose
      Fruits (raisins, oranges), sweetness, tobacco, nuts, oak;
    • Taste
      very powerful, oily, tingling, oranges, chocolate, caramel, nuts, maritime (salt), a lot of oak, dry in the throat, complex;
    • Finish
      quite long, violently spicy, dry, furry on the palate;

  5. señor_D scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    - from a sample
    A flawless malt really. I would've scored 90 or higher easily, if only it didn't carry an uber-premium pricetag.
    Even for 46.3 % it has a big oily body. Sweet and sour profile with some astringency in the back palate and finish. Loads of fruits, apricot jam, papaya, kiwi. Almonds and nuttiness in the undertones. Both the nose and taste are nicely integrated, but only in the taste it reveals it's talents. There's so much happening I have a hard time identifying more notes specifically, but they hint at something more.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice intensity. These Tobermory notes (so dirty, earthy notes and also maritime) are there. Satisfied and sweet. First nice sweetness, but then also neat oak paired with the Tobermory character. I like that. Maybe the finish could be better integrated.

  8. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The barrels seem to have had 1-2 assignments before. The Manzanilla keg does not give him the sweetness he needs for a nice overall package. Solid, but rather one of the more modern malts ..... drunk and already forgotten.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First impression, pleasantly scented, sweet sweet fruit, flower meadow, Necktar, honeycomb and oak planks. The scent of apricots in moist oak wooden boxes. A touch of youth resonates ...
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fresh, slices on the tongue, fruity character, more youth than alcohol. Citrus, bitter lemon peel, no ripe fruit anymore, all slightly reduced ...
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, slight bitterness on the tongue, pleasant round but not too complex.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.


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