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1996 Tobermory 22 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1380521

There is only one distillery on the Isle of Mull and while it has a history dating back to the late 1700s, for much of that history, the distillery has been closed. Fortunately for us, in the 1990s the distillery was opened again after its most recent 11 year closure, and has gone back to producing classic island malts. With its small production of less than 1 million liters per year the distillery makes two very different malts today. Tobermory is the namesake malt of the distillery and is generally, although confusingly, not always unpeated. Ledaig is the distillery's opposite number and is generally, but not always, peated. Here we have a splendid Tobermory with just the faintest hint of smoke wafting through. With the whisky boom today as strong as it has ever been, it seems the Isle of Mull's distillery has a bright future ahead. If you're not familiar with Tobermory already, this is the perfect bottle to explore. For 90 bucks you can dive into a 22 year old cask strength bottling, which is an absolute steal compared to the $240 it takes to sample the distillery's 21 year old official release!


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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2018 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite direct import selections this year. The quality of the selections is very high and the Tobermory has good company. The nose has honey and wax aromas that have very subtle savory undertones. In the mouth it is round, smooth and fruity ( but not sweet).It is complex and almost creamy.

Staff Image By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2018 | Send Email
A beautiful, light straw colored pour into the glass and the fumes were bouncing my nose but bringing some water to the party allowed me an all-access pass. Like being in a dark club surrounded by people dancing, the aromas seemed to be jumping up and down, always excited and dynamic. The first note to hit was green apple skin and pencil shavings. After adding a bit of water the crowd seemed to open up and back spices, rubber, and sweet malt joined the dance floor. The first moment of the first sip was astonishingly sweet. Not syrupy or cloying, but a pure, natural sweet note that paved the way for a floral, almost gardenia-like tone which was balanced by spiced pear and finishing with a light band aid flavor. The finish was just like leaving the club; I was left with remnants and fond memories of the dram yet not nearly as sweaty from the experience.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2018 | Send Email
This awesome cask of Tobermory seems to have gotten lost in the sea of exceptional single casks we've just acquired. The new owners of this odd little distillery on the gorgeous Isle of Mull have recently closed the distillery for renovations and won't likely open until sometime in 2020. That means the already expensive whisky could become even more rare. The thing about Tobermory is that it can be a bit inconsistent. When it's good, it's an absolute dream. At its worst it's overly feinty with tons of funky mashy fermenty flavors. We were unsure if this whisky aged in a refill sherry butt could possibly be from the right side of Tobermory at this ridiculous price, but we needed to risk it considering the potential opportunity. Turns out this is one of the best Tobermory I've ever tasted. Much cleaner than we usually see, perhaps thanks to decades in this old butt and retaining its distinct "Islands" quality that I see in all the best Tobermory. When the porridge flavors aren't there, this stuff can be truly exceptional. The nose starts a bit closed with hints of roasted nuts and sweet malt. On the palate, there's the tiniest hint of sweet spent mash, but it's restrained and has none of the lactic quality that makes some of these feel "off”. But when you add water the whole thing explodes into a symphony of salted nuts, roasted stone fruit, vibrant fresh forest and freshly cut grass. On the palate the malt takes a back seat now with a basket of nuts and dried apricots delivered right to your olfactory gates. This might be the best Tobermory I've ever had and considering the special distillery release 21 Year is $240, it's worth the risk for even the most jaded hater of Mulls historic distiller.

Staff Image By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2018 | Send Email
One of the most saline scotches I’ve ever come across, this bottle is fascinating and will keep you enthralled long after your last sip! Fresh golden fruits, ginger, and a touch of oak spices are only some of the notes you will find in the nose and palate. Above all, you will always find yourself sensing a gentle memory of the ocean; a reverie that shades this world while enjoying this dram. The finish is incredibly long and will leave you listening more intently to your senses. The color must also be noted. Extremely pretty and lighter than expected, the pale straw and fair golden hues hint at the elegance and poise within; a youthful soul in a mature spirit.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
Salty like ramen noodles. Malty like a vanilla shake. Spicy like a ginger snap. This is a very special whisky from a refill butt that combines freshness and maturity. It is beautiful golden straw in color like a fine Manzanilla sherry and has the zip to match. But on the palate it's a super rich compilation of citrus, ginger, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and just a touch of fresh cut hay. Long and lingering the finish reminds me of standing on a foggy beach wrapped in a warm jacket watching a storm roll in. You can smell the salt, the seaweed, the cold wind carrying the notes of some far off island. It's beautiful.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2018 | Send Email
This is a phenomenal value in aged single malt. It has an original, nearly tropical fruit profile on the nose, with a supple and very easy to drink quality on the palate. 22 year old single malt for well under $100? Yes, and good single malt at that. Recommended.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

Alcohol Content (%): 54.4