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Tobermory 15 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)

Tobermory 15 Year Old

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Tobermory 15 Bottling Note

A 15 year old from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull, this was matured in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: 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.

Palate: Full-bodied with notes of sherried peels and winter spice, crème de cacao and peppery oak.

Finish: Long and spicy with notes of walnut and salty melted butter.

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Tobermory 15 Year Old Reviews

An unusual whisky worth trying

Quite a unique whisky which has a sulphuric bite in the nose, which alarmed me, but which does not translate over to the palate or finish in anyway. The nose is nice, complex, quite a lot going on and worth spending a minute or two on. The palate is really good but I have found, after having the bottle opened for a few weeks, that it is even better now. There was a grassy, earthiness that was over powering it - that has now mellowed and there is a wonderful cacaphony of flavor. The finish is medium but really runs with the dry, nutty flavor present. It's good, though a little pricey if you can still find it. Worth finding a bottle.

31st October 2019

My Favorite Scotch

This is an absolutely lovely whisky. Slightly sweet and just a hint of smokiness. I have bought two bottles over the years. I had no problems with it going bad on the shelf even after several years. My guess is people are storing it someplace that gets hot. Now, if I could just find more in the States. *sigh*

22nd October 2019

Brilliant A++++++++

This is one of the best scotches EVER! I desperately would like another. Taste is absolutely fulfilling, from sweet to tang & back again. Is there anyone out there with an unmolested bottle? 😄😄😄👍👍👍

7th August 2019

Very Good, Complex, Island Character

I like this whisky a lot. It has a satisfying complexity of flavors, especially including the somewhat disturbing mineral/oceanic ineffables I so esteem in whiskies from the Western Isles. However, I totally get why scotch lovers of various stripes would not.

It starts out like a "sherry bomb" as one commenter described it below, but it spent time aging in the western isles, and it has some of that wild west character lurking just below the surface. If you're firmly in one camp or the other, this scotch could totally clash with your sensibilities.

In riposte to those who say is has too many flavors crammed in there, I'm reminded of the criticism of Mozart, that he used too many notes.

3rd May 2017

Same experience

I had the same experience as the guy below. My bottle went flat and awful after about 4 months open. And only about 5 drams in. I thoought it was just my taste, but the review below describes it very accurately. This has never happened to any of my whiskies before, even after one year open. Is there any explanation?

8th March 2017

What went wrong??

I quite liked the first two drams from the bottle. The left it for about two months, and now it's just a horrible whisky. Yes it's oily, but in the wrong way. Yes it has some coffee, but in the wrong way. It has wood, but in the wrong way. It has leather, also in the wrong way... It just really fell flat. Not only boring, but almost undrinkable. I am very very disappointed. It is almost like wine that oxidised and is now ready for the drain!! What went wrong??

7th March 2017

Loved this.

Loved this. A great fruity , spicy, sherried whisky.
I know this isn't as important but the presentation was great too .

17th January 2017

What a surprise

I was lucky enough to discover a bottle in my local whisky shop, and what a great surprise. I love the salty sweet tobacco notes and almost leathery taste when you spend enough time with this one. I only hope i can find more.

15th November 2016

Lovely and dry

Don't expect a sweet sherry bomb. Rather a flavourful dry sherry finish that lingers long after the last sip. truly great.

13th November 2016

HHHmmm HHHmmmm

Wow, since Distell took over Burn Stewart all their whiskies have increased in quality inleaps and bounds. I am so glad it's the same with Tobermory. The 10 is one of my favorites. The 15 is just sublime. If you can get your hands on one, don't think twice. The sherry finish on this one takes it into new dimensions of saltiness and creamy mocha and chocolate. hhhhmmmm!!

13th November 2016


Pretty new to the world of finer whiskey, but this is right up there so far! Love it, the finish is impeccable

4th November 2016


I'm pretty new to the world of finer whiskey and this is so far at the very top of the tree for me!

4th November 2016

Love it

The best.

19th June 2016

tobermory 15 year old

Sorry to say - barking up the wrong tree! Not the worst scotch at this price...but too many "un-necessary" flavours! Far too spicy and heated.....lovely thick traditional 19th century bottle tho!

26th January 2016



9th January 2016


Stunning really, probably on my top list for sherry bombs scotchs!!

29th September 2015

Great staff

Softly spicy, hint of salt and hint of smoke and iodine. It has individuality (own character).

11th December 2014

Glorious stuff indeed

Lovely, full, sweet sherry, fruit cake and spice. It's described as an "aperitif" whisky or a "dessert" Scotch...I see why but it's really too nice a Scotch to limit yourself to specific timed tastings. Life is short, the Tobermory 15 finish is long, so get stuck in and enjoy.

17th November 2014

great whiskey, unless you paid full price.

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

Whisky lover

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

Surprised by the ratings here

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

At guy from 23rd of February

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

Guy from 31st of january

Get a life, no one cares about your opinion that much

23rd February 2014

Not impressed by this.

Tastes waxy to me,quite simply not good whisky,most likely I will give bottle away.

14th February 2014

long time writing

Just a thought - did it take 15 years to write the last review? :-)

1st February 2014

Consider something else entirely.

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

Great price!

$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

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