Good single malt whisky is a truly wonderful thing to behold. I’ve mentioned a few nice whiskies in posts gone by, and now I reckon it’s time to start talking about more of the really nice ones I’ve tried.
I am absolutely not an expert on whisky, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do love the stuff, so as and when I come across a belter, I’ll put mention of it up here.
I’m going to start off with a whisky I don’t own, but which I have tried a number of times recently, thanks to the generosity of other folks’ cabinets. It’s a new, special edition Tobermory 15 year old. Have a look here on Loch Fyne Whiskies page. The presentation is pretty amazing, including a nicely finished wooden box with a cutout of the isle of Mull on the front. This is, of course, inconsequential to the incredible experience of drinking the stuff.
Following distillation at the Tobermory distillery on the isle of Mull, the whisky has been matured for 14 years in oak casks on the mainland. It has then been transfered back to the island for maturation in sherry casks for the final year.
The simplest description I can come up with is that it’s like drinking toffee apples sprinkled with dark chocolate, lightly smoked with simmering peat. The finish is long and warming, the toffee melting into soft chocolate and spice. I could still taste it after more than half an hour, and the glorious smell lingered in the glass for much longer. It’s pretty sensational actually, like nothing I’ve tried before. I’d hope so too, at fifty quid a pop. Definitely one for the back of the whisky cabinet, reserved for quiet personal contemplation, or perhaps sharing with the closest of friends.
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