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When we went on holiday to the island of Mull we brought back a bottle of Tobermory malt with us following a visit around the distillery. You can buy some of the various Tobermory single Malts on line and this 10 year old malt is available for around £29 from Amazon of all places. The Tobermory distillery is one of the oldest distillery's in Scotland and makes all of its single malts by hand. They have two main malts one which is the 15 year old which has more peat notes and this lighter 10 year old. The bottle itself is nice and interesting and made from green glass is old fashioned looking with embossed detailing which gives it a nice tactile feel to it. The distillery describes the colour of the whisky as a "bright lemony gold" and I have to agree it is a nice light colour that reminds me of straw. It is not a deep colour and certainty looks nice and light which beguiles its strength. This style of whisky is sometimes called a breakfast whisky as it one you can drink all day and certainly from the colour and nose it is a lighter style of malt. Though if you did drink it all day you may stagger a bit as it is fairly strong at 46.3% proof. The nose or scent is described as having hints of hints of "grass, malt, gingerbread, stewed fruit syrup and finely polished oak". I personally never get all of these notes and to me it does indeed smell of grass and strangely seaweed which is not a scent I generally think of with malt whisky but given this is an island malt that is very close to the sea perhaps that is not a surprise. I get very little by way of oak but this is I think more about me being used to more oak notes from the Aberlour 16 year old malt whisky that is my favourite malt at the moment. Comparing the two the Tobermory certainly is the poor cousin oak and taste wise but this is because it is a younger malt and hence not as much on the nose. On to the all important taste it is a very smooth and velvet malt and there is no bitterness to the malt for me. It has a lot of spice and ginger notes to it and it does in some ways seem a bit Christmas like with these tones. There is also a nice smokiness and hint of almonds to the palate and these certainly I find are more noticeable for adding a drop of water to taste. The finish on the whisky is quite subtle and in some ways for me it is too subtle and doesn't linger long enough for me. You are left however with a hint of ginger and oak but they fade too fast. Overall this is a nice lighter malt that I think is suited well to people who like a light malt without too much peat or oak, but for me I personally prefer the oak notes and caramel to linger and have more depth. So whilst I have enjoyed this one it is not a single malt I will return to. It is 4 stars from me for this malt I just think it needs more of longer finish and a deeper notes to be more satisfying.
Colour: Bright lemony gold. Nose: Rich island character with tantalising hints of grass, malt, gingerbread, stewed fruit syrup and finely polished oak. Palate: Smooth, velvety with fruity tangs and exquisitely spiced gingerbread and aniseed for a medium