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21 Nov 2009

Tobermory 15yo 1994 (Carn Mor collection)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tobermory

It was difficult to make a selection from the Carn Mor vintage collection. There’s a bit of everything, so I decided to go for whiskies I didn’t know too well.

Tobermory 1994 Carn MorAlthough it’s one of the oldest distilleries in existence, Tobermory is not very popular. Sales decreased and production capacity is limited. Apart from unpeated whisky, they also make a peated version named Ledaig.

 

Tobermory 1994 (46%, Carn Mor 2009, sherry butt #5125, 2744 btl.)

Nose: there’s sulphur and there’s sulphur. This is the eggy type. A few mashy and grainy notes with hints of a drain. Cereals with milk. Some pears. Hints of shoe polish. 15 years really? There’s a fruity side to it, but it doesn’t shine through. Mouth: a bit cardboardy, lots of liquorice. Some nougat and caramel. Pears again and oranges. Shampoo and cologne in the aftertaste. Finish: medium length, becoming surprisingly candied and caramelly with notes of lavender.

I’m not sure what to make of this. Weird anyway and not my idea of decent whisky, so let’s not try to examine it too far. Bad choice. I’m afraid a lot of the 2744 bottles will end up in the sink.

Score: 45/100

Tobermory 15yo 1994 (Carn Mor collection) Ruben Luyten 2009-11-21
  • http://whisky.foodnwine.co.il Gal Granov

    oooh.. that bad? 45. Ruben, never seen u rate a malt so low.
    i heard tobermory is shite, but never thought they were that bad :)

  • Charlie

    Sulphur?
    hints of drain?
    hints of shoe polish?
    and shampoo?

    Probably can’t get worse than this!

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