Whisky Review: Tobermory 20 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Distillery Exclusive

Category: Island single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tobermory Distillery

Bottling: Distell

ABV: 56.1%

Cost: ~£100+ Distillery Exclusive

Tobermory 20 Sherry Cask

What they say:

Tobermory 20

Twenty years old but with 200-year-old genes.

This 20-year-old Tobermory is not merely 20 years old. True, it has matured for the best part of two decades.

But its history can be traced back to long before the moment when its simple ingredients of unpeated barley, yeast and Mull water were introduced to one another.

For it is the product of a distillery that was one of the 18th century’s last hurrahs.

Unchill-filtered @ 56.1% ABV, one of 600 bottles.

Colour

Copper gold.

Nose

Sweet sherry, studded with raisins. Hints of dark chocolate and espresso all seasoned with a slight prickle of white pepper.

Palate

Sweetness and spiciness await. This is rich, mouth-coating and so very smooth. Dried fruit and chocolate fudge rub shoulders deliciously together

Finish

Rich, creamy, long and powerful.

What I say:

This Tobermory 20 Year Old sherry cask finish was released as a distillery exclusive for visitors to the distillery bottled in 2014. I tried an 18-19yo variant of the previous release during a visit to their sister distillery at Deanston awhile ago and it left a lasting impression on me as a superbly sherried dram. Interestingly Tobermory have on their website another 20yo expression bottled at 58.2% so it looks like this expression is here to stay!

Appearance:

Old Amontillado sherry (16/20) thick legs with medium loose tears

Nose:

Coffee and cigars, smoked dark chocolate, tannic dried leather, teriyaki beef jerky, juicy raisin, damson, prunes, fruit and nut chocolate bars, hot water bottle and jammy red fruits

Taste:

Initially the dark black and red fruits come through with juicy raisins, prunes and damson jam, there is a touch of sulphur and or copper  like stretched rubber or freshly filled hot water bottle, dark chocolate, nutty walnuts, freshly baked fruit scones topped with raspberry, strawberry and plum jam, fruit cake, dark chocolate, coffee grinds and cigar boxes

Finish:

Medium-long, warming with raisins and dark chocolate

Overall:

Reminds me of a good PX sherry with plenty of juicy raisins, dried fruit, nut and chocolate although this could be an admixture of chocolate-y Tobermory and Oloroso Sherry – either way who cares this is simply supreme. While Tobermory’s Ledaig expressions are gathering a fan club I still have a lot of admiration for their un-peated production too. Sadly I haven’t yet visited Tobermory Distillery on Mull but this expression makes me want to even more so now!

Score: 90/100

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