...palate: silky smooth to begin with, then the juiciness makes its entrance, the acidity is there, and then the wood comes in, with a fine, aromatic note that is very reserved given the age. Heads into the finish pretty abruptly though. The nose becomes a bit fresher after the first sip, grassier and perhaps even somewhat herbal / floral. After some time in the glass, the nose also reveals matcha-sprinkled green tea mochi (look it up, it's a thing!). It keeps shifting, which is a definite plus. This doesn't appear to need water; it's tame on the tongue even at >46%.
The finish, though it arrives too swiftly for my taste, is very accomplished. First there's a mild and measured tanninicity, then the umami comes through again, and you're left with the consommé-style, dark, meaty aromas and a salty impression that is really lovely.
This is by far the best Tobermory I've had to date. The development could be more elaborated, but the nose and the finish work a treat. Also, a successful and unintrusive port finish, which I applaud. Would love to hear how they managed to create this cavalcade of savoriness.