Islands Single Malt 13 to 20 Years - 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Scotch Single Malt - Island - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Highlands & Islands 13-18yo - 2013
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Scotch Single Malt - Island - 2013
What's in a name? Tobermory 15 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Tobermory 15 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is medium-bodied and rich. There are notes of sultanas and Oloroso sherry, lemon and orange peels with feinty, honeyed cigar box hints with requisite smoke rising gently. The palate is full-bodied with notes of sherried peels and winter spice, crème de cacao and peppery oak. The finish is long and spicy with notes of walnut and salty melted butter.
I really enjoyed it, I nice rich sherry cask flavour, with a light island character (Jura excluded of course, since Jura doesn't share the same characteristics as the other islands) the flaw is it a little oily, not too much, but enough that I would say, at $80 its a great find, at $90 Its a fair deal, at $110 its not worth it. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T PAY FULL PRICE.
17th August 2014
This whisky is just fantastic !
25th July 2014
having tasted a lot of whisky through my career in the last few years, hopefully im getting an idea of what is good and what is not. This is a whisky packed with flavour, orange, spice, oak, faintest hint of smoke and all with the christmas cake flavours of a good sherry whisky. Well executed, well presebted and very, VERY smooth
10th May 2014
Fantastic whisky. Must try for any sherry bomb lover.
5th April 2014
my husband is Scottish and we have spent much time in the country enjoying many of its fine brands such as Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old , Glenmorangie 18 year old
Extremely Rare, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Glenfiddich 18, and yes Tobermory 15. it's a wonderful dessert scotch. aren't you glad there are so many options. so break out the quaiche of "friendship" and enjoy your choice together. you're giving our beloved Scotland and its wonderful people a bad name.
29th March 2014
I am almost shocked at the ratings of some of fellow reviewers. I had to go back to Murray's Whisky Bible to make sure I wasn't crazy. I love the stuff. It is sweet but with slightly smoky overtones. I don't detect the citrus notes that the Chaps remark upon, but I don't pretend to have the fully developed nose and palate of those folks. Murray rated this a 93 (out of 100) and outstanding score. I concur: 10 stars. I'd get another bottle gladly. And the price-per-joy ratio is good here.
9th March 2014
You don't even know my name. You know nothing about me, other than I have the time and ability to string together a review longer than a few lines. Why are you here? What do we know of you? You have not contributed anything here. You are the one with too much time and nothing productive to do with it. You are the one who needs to "get a life". Going around and finding online reviews to criticize is not a productive use of your time.
27th February 2014
Get a life, no one cares about your opinion that much
23rd February 2014
Tastes waxy to me,quite simply not good whisky,most likely I will give bottle away.
14th February 2014
Just a thought - did it take 15 years to write the last review? :-)
1st February 2014
The distillery was founded in 1798. Says so right on the front of the bottle, in large font. Larger font actually than the brand, 'Tobermory'. If I must confess, it's not a brand I was terribly familiar with. It was given to me as a gift, as whiskies often are.
Would I have bought it, with my own money? No, absolutely not, what? Are you kidding me? No. At this price, a whisky has to be very special to me. Something I've heard of, at least. At the very least.
The nose is alcohol and coughing. And sultanas. It tastes like alcohol, it burns, it's an assault on the palate. The flavors come through so fast and so thick it's hard to catch them all. Smoke, dirt, fruits, (berries mostly), wood; old wet wood, like licking the inside of an old boat hull; wet rope, spices. chocolate... why can I taste chocolate? And why does it taste like cheap synthesized chocolate 'flavour' that has been added?
It's over-stuffed. It's heavy. For me, it's just too much. It swings big, heavy punches, with zero subtly or grace. I don't see how this is what impresses people these days. Really? This is what impresses people? "Woozle-Wuzzle"? This is showy, overdone, loud, obnoxious stuff... It's like Robin Williams. Each sip is like sitting through an entire Robin Williams concert. I mean, even if you LOVE Robin Williams...
But this doesn't fit with the image of the quaint little island shore-side village where it's distilled. Something didn't sit.
OK, so then we move onto the bit where I looked the company up and I read a bit about them.
The company has gone bust several times. Bankruptcy and what not. And wars. It has been re-opened with new owners again and again. I have to wonder what of the original originality of the brand remains after 200+ years of the company going bust, sitting boarded up for years, being re-bought, going bust again, over and over.
I mean, is it still that original Tobermory from 1798? It's the same distillery, sure. The same bricks. The same... casks and what have you, sure. And they say they still don't use peat or something? I don't know, it still tasted peaty to me. How much of the original method and tradition remains? How can tradition and methodology be handed down when the place is laying empty for a generation?
I think it's just a brand at this point. A carefully marketed brand, priced into that zone where 'Oh, it must be good'.
The distillery's current operations began in 1991. It had been sitting unused for some time at that point, and the warehouse (where the whisky is matured) had been sold off, leveled, and houses were built there. So now there's nowhere for the whisky to sit and mature, near the shores of the island, where it can take on the scent of the ocean, the salty spray of the sea mist, the squawking of gulls and, let's not forget, the laughter of lovers on the beach in the summer time. That's key in whisky making on the Isles.
So with no local warehouse these days the whisky is taken onto the mainland of Scotland, well-away from the shore, away from the distillery, where it's put in a warehouse in an industrial estate where one can gain reasonable prices on warehouses these days. There it sits and takes on diesel fumes and fluorescent lighting, and that beeping sound that forklifts make when they go in reverse. No lovers laughing. For 15 years. And somehow it's going UP in value as it sits there?? Please. Are you REALLY going to tell me that part of the reason you pay so much for fancy Scotch has nothing to do with the fact that it's made at the sea and it can hear gulls while it matures? OK man, fine, whatever, you pay top dollar for some stuff that's just been sitting in a factory in that part of Scotland where they filmed Trainspotting.
Look, there's a point to aging it. Things happen... and stuff, during that time. If you stick in a factory that's cheapening it, not enriching it. You sucker. That's all I'm saying.
It's all just rich businessmen capitalizing on a ruined distillery
31st January 2014
$89 bucks is a steal for this bottle. I got one and loved it so much I ordered another. It is an apperitif desert scotch rather than a daily dram but it serves its purpose quite well. The box is really cool as well as the bottle. An all around delicious and classic "sherry bomb" as it is called by some. This scotch really has the depth of character that I was hoping for. It delivers the goods, so to speak.
5th March 2013