Scotch Single Malt

Tobermory 12 Years Old 2005 Fino Cask Finish (55.1%, OB, 1710 Bottles, 2018)

Tobermory 12 Years Old 2005 Fino Cask Finish

Whisky Review

  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Tobermory distillery
  • Bottling: Distell, OB, Limited Edition
  • ABV: 55.1%
  • Cost: £110

Tobermory 2005 (12 YO) Fino Cask Finish_Limited Release

What they say

For the first time in our history, we have taken our Tobermory spirit and finished it in premium Fino Sherry Hogsheads; the driest and palest of the traditional sherry varietals.  The result is a chocolatey, fruity dram with a distinct dry Fino finish.

After spending ten years maturing in traditional oak whisky casks, we transferred the Tobermory spirit into Fino Sherry Hogsheads for the first time in our history . The dry, delicate flavour profile of the sherry compliments the light fruity character of our Tobermory perfectly, and has created a spicy, chocolate, fruit dram.

Aged for 12 years and limited to 1710 bottles, this is a one of a kind whisky that’s truly special.

Non-chillfiltered, natural colour

Official tasting notes:

  • COLOUR Amber Gold
  • NOSE Orange and citrus notes, toffee, coffee and dark chocolate, with subtle dried fruit
  • PALATE Toffee, espresso and dark chocolate, rich fruit and citrus, balanced with the dry influence of Fino sherry
  • FINISH Dry with hints of dark toffee and dried fruit

What I say

Thanks to Distell for providing samples of their 2018 Limited Edition releases.

Distilled at Tobermory distillery (or also known as unpeated Ledaig according to Paula), this has matured most likely in ex-Bourbon casks again before being finished for an indeterminate period in ex-Fino sherry casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark copper (14/20), rapid, medium tears and large legs which resolve to fine.
  • Nose: Dry wood smoke, coffee, chocolate, that unmistakable hot radiator metallic, raisin, plum, candyfloss, toffee apples.
  • Taste: Dried fruits, barley malt, vanilla, tannic oak wood, star anise, dark chocolate and Cadbury’s fruit & nut chocolate bars, toffee.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, dried fruits, plums, treacle toffee.

Overall

Not overly complex but lots of pleasant flavours, definitely sweeter and darker fruits than I would have normally expected from Fino sherry casks – perhaps this spent quite some time in them?

Score 85/100

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