So I’ve recently been at two festivals with some awesome whisky. First was Whisky in Leiden where I tasted this first Tobermory 1972, I then tasted another one in Limburg the other day. Tasting it, I thought ‘I bet this is a sister cask,’ and as it turned out it was distilled on the same day!
At that point in Tobermory/Ledaig history the distillery was still called Ledaig and it had just been brought back from being closed for 42 years.
Tobermory 1972 Alembic 49.6%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Full rich old school Sherry, deep perfume, slightly earthy with mud, lovely floral notes, really complex, slight medicinal note, cinnamon and raisins. AMAZING nose.
Taste: So soft, sweet Sherry, rich fruit, fig, honey, beeswax, orange peel, floral then a little soapy, the mouthfeel is a bit off too. Oak in there as well. Time in the mouth is what it needs to reveal its full complexity.
Finish: Long length. Agh, soapy with the Sherry trying and failing to pull it up. Very late it succeeds with the help of a medicinal twang. More earthy then as it opens up.
Many thanks go to Bram of the whisky nerds bottler for this sample from a little 20cl bottle bottled in 2006 at 33yo. The soap does tone down after a bit but old Tobermory/Ledaig was always known to be hit or miss with many misses and few hits!
Tobermory 1972 Whisky Doris 49.4%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Deep and rich, a soapy note like 'love hearts,' parma violets, dark prune and fig, raspberry, sticky sweet, coffee beans, black cherry.
Taste: So soft then builds waves of sweetness and old oak, black coffee, stewed raisin, prune, rich spices then drier into the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit off again.
Finish: Long length. Black dark oak and chocolate notes, black coffee.
Bottled 35yo. With water the nose opens up and you get more Sherry but the taste becomes more soapy.
Average Score: 80.0
Distillery Ranking: 9th/ 61 places
Up/Down: Down 1 (8>9)
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