Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Interesting fact… Tobermory 10 Year Old whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Tobermory 10 Year Old whiskey, instead of whisky.
The nose is quite light and fresh. There are notes of barley sugars and toasted cereals, hints of winter spice and a soft oak with notes of salty melted butter and ground ginger. The palate is quite sweet and light. There are notes of acacia honey and a soft oak, the smoke and peppers thereof rise gently with a touch of dried fruit and peel with a cinnamon note. The finish is long and herbal with a touch of pepper.
A very good whiskey indeed lovely sweet slightly smokey aftertaste and flavoursome tones with an understated pale finish.It is smooth on the palate and has a beautiful lingering taste a real gem A fine whiskey and an excellent choice .Thanks J im
7th January 2014
I call shenanigans on all the bad reviews for both Deanston and Tobermory 10. I am a restauranteur/bar owner and have stocked both over the course of many years after doing multiple blind tastings. I am a fan of well balanced, subtle, complex, slightly sweet, non-bitter and easy drinking smooth liquors. I am not a fan of harsh, alcohol tasting/burn, overly strong flavors, heavily intense flavors. I can understand why those who prefer a stronger, bolder profile might not enjoy Tobermory or Deanston as much a I do, but in no way can I understand some of the "worst I've ever had" type criticisms from anyone unless they are drinking from a damaged, abused or counterfeit bottle. Or, the bad reviews might be from those with other motives. I urge all to try for themselves, taste blind if possible among a selection of good offerings, and make up one's own mind. Deanston 12 and Tobermory 10 are among my favorite scotch whiskys at any price and are truly great values with price considered. Ledaig also gets a nod from me as well.
17th December 2013
Definately not the smoothest 10 yr. out there. Strong start, light peat finish, little boozey for my taste.
5th October 2013
Has a good taste and for price point is good value, lighter than some of the island malts and a good introduction.
Good way to start your island journey. Overall a decent drop and more complex than most at this price point, move to the 15 for better flavour and depth but also deeper pockets needed,
13th July 2013
Never had the old one so cannot compare it. Not my first Island foray, but definitely different.
Flavours were not over-complex, good for a new Island sampler like me. Quite floral on the nose and almost grass-like. Taste is short but peppery like Talisker though with more smoke like Jura/Islay malts - a quite unique blend.
Finish is pleasant and sea-salty, almost akin to Oban. All in all a very nice and surprisingly complex malt at this price.
24th April 2013
Very enjoyable and reasonably prized whisky. Definitely a recommended one.
16th February 2013
So the night started well... Laddie 16, onto Port Charlotte 10 then Octomore 2.1... Absolutely fantastic. A couple of hours later we had a hankering for something else too. So with clean palates we opened the Tobermory and we were really impressed. It doesn't have the punch or full character of the Islay malts, but very nice. Very clean and fresh. Will be getting through the bottle before long!
20th December 2012
Such a smooth dram, just got it for my 21st and I couldn't be happier. The little hint of smoke is gorgeous!
8th May 2012
Apologies, my review above was of the old 40% 10yo bottling!
19th January 2012
This whisky gets a bit of a bad press in the whisky community, but it drinks well, albeit with a weak finish. But, it's not overly sweet and has a light smoky and saline quality I like. More interesting that Speysides at the same pricepoint, for sure.
A hugely drinkable dram. Delicious flavour, a slight touch of smoke, with a marvellous, well balanced taste. A wonderful, easy drink. Perfect for sipping in the evening or charging the hip-flask.
23rd December 2011
The 10year old 40% is much smoother.
24th November 2011
To whisky, what a Burgundy is to a Bordeaux, or any Romantic to Beethoven. Charming, rather than grandiose. I'd give it to my mother in hopes she'd serve it back to me.
28th October 2010
Not bad whisky, gently peated and smokier. Not very complex, is a good entry level whisky for who wants taste the great peated Islay and Islands whisky.
27th September 2010
A very drinkable dram, could have been a breakfast tipple for sure!
A bit underestimated fresh fellow:)
2nd October 2009