Next up on our block of Boutique-y reviews is an island distillery that I have very much enjoyed in the past. The OB Tobermory 15 Year expression is a really solid whisky that suffers from being sold at a premium price. Can TBWC’s Tobermory Batch 2 stand up to the OB range?
|Nose||Soft, no alcohol burn. Sour like a lambic, grassy, a hint of spice, coastal air, seaweed, vanilla.|
|Taste||Very spicy, a ton of black pepper, cinnamon, berries, vanilla, sawdust, salty, pears. Sweeter with water (molasses) but this damn pepper remains.|
|Finish||Fruity and woody, dry but not super long. Spicier and a little bit longer with water, but there’s no helping this one.|
|Overall Thoughts||From my experience, That Boutique-y Whisky Company expressions are either really good or miss the mark. This is an example of a whisky that isn’t quite there. The nose isn’t great, the pepper taste is really overpowering, and the finish is one-dimensional. I know what Tobermory can taste like and this is not it. Oh well, I’ve got a bunch more TBWC expressions to get through. Fingers crossed for the next one!|