Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Stated Age
08 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
68.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Aug 2017 12:39 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130.00

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86 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 2008 Arc

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.64 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I tried this whisky combined with a plate of 5 different styles of cheese. And I must admit, this is the way to enjoy this whisky a lot! Choose several strong tasting and creamy cheeses and the bitter finish for example, will be overruled by the heavy and strong tastes of the cheese. The creamy side of the cheese neutralizes the tannins, resulting in a pleasant combination instead of a bitter unpleasant finish. At the same time the sweetness of this whisky adds a new dimension to the heavy distinctive taste of the cheeses. It results in a great match.
    I used an Italian blue cheese, a Tomme du Savoi, French brie, Dutch very young farmhouse cheese (graskaas) and Dutch full mature farmhouse cheese (not old). Farmhouse cheese adds a herbal/spiced note in the cheese where most regular cheeses are mostly just creamy/salty and/or milky. Which makes it more tasteful.
    I can really recommend this.

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. honerkamp scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      At almost 70%, the nose is strong on alcohol as you'd expect, the smoke hides underneath. Added water doesn't have the impact I thought it would - nothing much changes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Here's where the added water changes things. The strong (and bitter) smoke is there, but water adds a little sweetness to the bite (without water it's a smoky hammer to the head). There might be a bit of fruit lurking underneath the smoke, but the word "fruit" is followed by a question mark in my head - the smoke rules all.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish, but it's hard for me to tell if the tingly length is due to the ABV or the smokiness (or both). The smoke does stay around a while.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Another very young malt from Tobermory, only 8 years on a sherry cask, with a devilishly high ABV. But in this case it’s the unpeated malt from the distillery, so no Ledaig this time around.

    Almost 70% alcohol and yet not scorching on the nose – how can this be? Be that as it may, I get lovely notes of red fruit with strawberries in the lead, followed by blueberry and raspberry. But the typical dusty notes which I often associate with Tobermory, are conspicuously absent. Not dirty edge, but very sweet and fruity notes. Black grapes, raisins, fresh figs and plums. After a few moments I also get some Italian expresso and chocolate. Finally some sniffing tobacco and caramel. I think it is excellent.

    Without water this is an absolute kick to the teeth. My breath seems to be on fire. Now I know how a dragon must feel! Once your saliva glands have put out most of the fire, some honey sweet notes of red fruit with strawberries in the lead (even a bit candy-like) arrive, followed by – don’t laugh – red beet! Hint of cocoa and cloves. Plum marmalade, rhubarb jam. The second sip – now that your taste buds expect it – is doable. Very fruity and very red, if you catch my meaning.

    The finish is very long, very piquant and dark red. But at the same time very satisfying and somewhat drying. I have the impression of having swallowed a (tasty) cough syrup.

    While there is not much Tobermory to be found, this one is so fruity that it is almost impossible not to like it. I enjoyed it a lot – without water!

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Hey, that's pretty great! It amazingly didn’t actually need any water, but I got curious and added some anyway. And lo and behold, it did get better. The tropical notes in here are killer, and that earthy edge is interesting and helps counterbalance the sweetness. It’s young, sure, but a tasty and interesting dram nonetheless.

    Nose: Rich and savoury. Blood orange, mixed fruit jam, peaches, plums, candied nuts, and dried flowers. Lots of damp earth, wet rocks, and miso. A bit of an interesting malty note, some kind of whole-wheat flatbread perhaps. Butter and white chocolate. Some pickled red onions?

    Palate: Silky and hot, but oily. Quite sweet on the arrival, but with the earthy edge of raw mushrooms. Bursts of stonefruit, honey, banana, and vanilla custard. Savoury in the middle: red miso, earth, fresh leather, and some tobacco. Malty, with a tinge of salt and mineral notes going toward the finish.
    A few drops of water brings out loads of fresh tropical fruit and some candied ginger.

    Finish: Red fruit, then tropical fruit. Caramel, blackberries, and strawberry jam. Lucky Charms marshmallows and a hint of ginger.
    Water adds more banana and coconut.

  6. RobbievdB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Alright.. so add some of this Tobermory to a glas of water and you’ll be fine.. ;)
    After quite some water, airtime and hand warmth this whisky opens up a bit taste wise. On the nose inget near nothing as it’s aggressiveness burns my nostrils and in the finish it’s burning and bitter. Taste wise it gives strawberries and blueberries with fudgey sweetness. But hell, this is difficult stuff to enjoy.

  7. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Sylvia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ouch this desperately needs water. And lots of it. With the 68.2% it isn't making any sence in my nose without it. Let's tam the beast.
    • Nose
      Without the water it gives a lot of alcohol and strawberrycandy. But it needs water to get some sense into it. No teaspoons or pipettes, just grab a bottle, start pouring and eat your heart out. After adding water, the strawberry stays the most dominant. It's definitely sherried but not a regular one. There is a lot of fruitiness instead of heavy sherry notes. Raisins are there but in the background as also a hint of hazelnut. Red fruits allover the place. Buy a bag of mixed forest fruits and stick your nose in it. That's what you'll get, more or less.
    • Taste
      I had to try it without water but man...that's almost medical disinfection strength.
      With water it becomes sweet, soft, creamy and friendly. It's giving a very concentrated and tasteful mouth. Intense I would say. strangely enough not that much red fruits as the nose might suggests. More clearly a hint of dark chocolate or cocoa maybe.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately it's long. The finish stays quite sharp in a rather unpleasant way. There is a heavy, dry, bitter tannin note which dominates the finish to much for me. At the very end again some cocoa but not enough to look forward to.

  10. LordBellamy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    with water: from the dirty note sulfur and a lot of gum, he reaches a pleasant drinking strength, the whisky disintegrates unfortunately

    Conclusion: violent, but you have to be careful with the water, because he actually needs a lot of water, but unfortunately can not stand it
    • Nose
      84 84
      Of course, without water, the alcohol is very heavy in the nose, sweet sherry, but a lot of salty liquorice, a lot of red berries, especially blackberries, caramel-coated hazelnuts, very dry raisins, moist pipe tobacco, even the dirty-earthy malt notes of Destilleriecharakters seem every now and then. Overall, he is too strong with the alcohol strength
    • Taste
      82 82
      very strong alcohol, but also dark sherry fruits, blackberry, pipe tobacco, raisins, toffee, some earth, malt and oak
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium to short, the alcohol burns a bit longer, dark sweetness, dark berries, salt liquorice, oak


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