Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Tobermory is a picturesque distillery on the gorgeous Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, most easily accessed via ferry. But you could try to swim it. One of the last operating distilleries founded in the 18th century, Tobermory has been closed and reopened four times since 1798.
Today, the unpeated make at Tobermory goes under that name and the peated version (using barley peated to 35ppm from Port Ellen Maltings on Islay) is known as Ledaig (pronounced "led-cheg"). As many of the warehouses at the distillery were converted into flats in 1982, spirit from Tobermory and Ledaig are tankered to Deanston distillery on the mainland for filling to cask and to Bunnahabhain on Islay for maturation. This 10 year old is the only official version of Tobermory but it is a big part of Scottish Leader and Black Prince blended whiskies and can be found bottled by several independent bottlers.
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Please remember, I am not making judgments, just trying my best to objectively observe flavour impressions.
Polluted sea, melted strong cheese, or cheese curds. Oatmeal raisin cookies. Salt and brine, black olives, Twiglets.
Malted milk, licorice, oats and spice. Simple and quite well-balanced. Late antiseptic flavour that slightly ruins the ride but encourages another sip, if just to wash it away.
Moody and quite different worlds in the nose and on the palate. Smells like the mood at a seamans' strike... or any transport strike in 1910s Britain. Tastes like attending your daughter's ballet recital or your niece's Christening. Different moods, but as such, this is a whisky that demands quick and frequent movements from table to mouth. Another pleasant surprise, but I fricking LOVE whisky.
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