Tobermory 21 (Cadenhead Small Batch 1995/2016) Review

This is a 21 year Tobermory that was matured in a sherry butt and bottled at 55.8% ABV.

Nose: Honeycomb, bright sherry with maraschino cherries, bee balm, and a bit of eucalyptus. Some briny notes tucked in there amongst old leather.

Palate: Leathery and quite peppery up front with rich oak and figs developing on the mid palate. Mulling spices lend to a fairly hot profile given its ABV. Black tea and cocoa nibs introduce a hint of bitterness.

Finish: Leathery notes linger with vanilla and candied oranges as it turns quite tannic.

Rating: 85/100

Value for the money : I think this retailed originally around €90 or so, and I think that’s a pretty decent price if slightly high.

Tobermory 10 Review

This is a 10 year single malt Tobermory OB expression bottled at 46.3% ABV.

Nose: Heavy tar with fermented fruits, buttermilk, brackish water, a bit of latex paint with some earthy malt alongside toffee and over-ripe bananas.

Palate: Remains earthy on entry with funky oak and butterscotch predominantly. Some orange peel tucked in a muddy, peppery malt.

Finish: Buttery with mild oak and honey.

Rating: 84/100 – The first Tobermory I’ve tried – reminds me of Springbank in a way with a lot of odd, funky notes making it a fairly unique 10 year malt.

Value for the money: These look to retail around $45-$50 which is a pretty fair price in my opinion.