Address : Tobermory Distillery, Isle of Mull, Scotland, PA75 6NR
Telephone No : 01688 302645
Web Site : www.Tobermory.co.uk
Visitors Centre : Yes
This famous, very small old distillery, the only one on the island of Mull reopened in 1990 after a decade's 'silence'. The distillery was founded in 1798 and the present buildings were erected during its first period of operation which continued until 1826. The distillery was 'silent' for long periods in the mid 1800s and mid 1900s and was twice revived during the 1970s. Now it has been revived again.
It has continued to market two products - a malt and a blend. The former, identified as Tobermory the Malt Scotch Whisky is presented in a bottle with an enamelled label. It is a vatted malt containing some Tobermory whiskies of up to 20-years old and proportions of newly-mature spirit from elsewhere. The latter has a conventional label and is described as Tobermory blended Scotch Whisky. Single malts from this distillery have been bottled by the independants under the site's older name, Ledaig.
Tobermory is the main village on Mull and the home of the distillery. It is a dramatic location at the foot of a steep hill with the distillery signalling the begining of the village, which spreads round a broad bay.
Here is a selection of whiskies produced at the Tobermory Distillery:
LEDAIG 10 Y/O 43% 70cl
Its character owes it's quality to the maturation for the full 10 yrs in superior oak wood casks and the dark and aromatic Lochan water source situated high on the mountains.
Colour: Bright Lemony Gold Nose: Immediately Pungent with sweet tar and creosote aromas that release wood smoke fragrances with hints of liquorice.
Palate: Sweet yet medicinal flavours release sparks that lead to an explosion of spicy pepper. The omnipresence of smoke subtly boasts savoury salt maltiness.
LEDAIG 12 Y/O 70cl 43%
1994 D&M Exclusive Bottling Single Malt from cask# 74.
The whisky is pale pine in color with quick, thick legs. The nose opens up with soft malt, followed by just a hint of iodine and a whisper of smoke, then there’s the attractive smell of pine needles on a forest floor. It’s rich and mouth-coating on the palate, with layers of sweet malt followed by the distant memory of the sea. That dash of iodine shows up again before it opens out to a long, resiny finish.
D&M Tasting Notes.
LEDAIG 15 Y/O 70cl 43%
Ledaig 1972 48.5% 70cl
A cask strength single malt from the Tobermory distillery, distilled in 1972 and finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Ledaig is the name for peated whisky from the distillery on Mull, the name is pronounced 'led-chigg' and Ledaig releases are always well-received.
Nose: Quite full and rich. There is a gentle peat note with dry wood smoke and boiled sweets. Hints of estery fruits and menthol and iodine.
Palate: Quite smooth and well-balanced. There is a fullness and depth with notes of exotic fruit salad; guava and pineapple with hints of lemon marmalade and winter spice, ground ginger and cinnamon.
Finish: Good length with winter spice.