Region – Island (Mull, to be exact) – ABV – 57.3%
Not to be confused with Martin Mull, the Isle of Mull is home to a single distillery: Tobermory.
Tobermory is owned by Distell (the same company that owns Bunnahbhain and Deanston) and produces a non-peated whisky known as “Tobermory,” and a heavily peated whisky called “Ledaig.”
Ledaig is pronounced “Le’Chig.” …exactly as it’s spelled.
We’ve had a few really nice whiskies from Malt Whisky Company. I am very curious to know what this 21yo tastes like. Even at 21 years of age, this whisky has a nice, high ABV – 57.3%!
Quick note: the little bottle says cask # 13 but it also says that the cask was “Bourbon & Sherry.”
I am assuming that means this spent most of its life in a bourbon cask and then was finished in sherry…
On the nose — It’s got this wet cardboard note upfront but it mixed with some heavier dark fruit notes such as fig and prune.
There’s a truffle-like earthy-meets-petrol scent here, too. (Truffle-Shuffle?)
I know Tobermory is supposed to be unpeated but I could swear I detect a hint of peat here.
Wasa Crackers and bitter chocolate can be found here if you *really* inhale. So can Eeyore’s Thistles.
In the mouth — A mixture of sweetness and acridity (not acidity, acridity) in one fell sip. Man, I like this! Prickly mouthfeel.
Good sherry-wood presence without being a tannin bomb. Kefir leaves, dark chocolate, mint sprigs, ginger beer. Really browned banana. Decomposing earth – like a late fall walk in the woods. Solid.
Finish — Bruised fruits and fizz, green peppercorn, long lasting to boot!
In sum — Aside from the wet cardboard note that I expect in every Tobermory (and don’t particularly enjoy), this was solid. The flavors were massive and present and wonderful.