Tobermory, one of Scotland’s older distilleries (it was first established in 1798) made some strong waves in the decades-old Scotch category last year with the release of its lightly peated Ledaig Dusgadh 42 Year Old expression. This Island outfit is known more for its non-peated expressions, however, and to this end has quietly debuted another 42 year old bottling under its own name.
The new Tobermory 42 Year Old, according to information provided to us by the distillery upon request, has the following characteristics:
- Contains some of the first spirit to be made at the distillery when it reopened in 1972
- aged in a sherry butt
- Distilled in 1973
- ABV: 47.7%
- 650 bottles produced
- Asking price: at least £2,500 (around $3,600 USD)
We’ve been provided tasting notes for the deep walnut colored Tobermory 42, which you’ll find at the end of this story. There is also, interestingly enough, a review of the whisky up already from Malt and Oak which gives you a good idea of what this older spirit will taste like. One thing in particular which grabbed my attention from this article was the fact this Scotch supposedly was due to hit retail at the end of last year, but it looks to have been delayed, as evidenced by a Facebook post from the distillery showcasing the bottling just recently having arrived in their gift shop.
As far as availability goes, I would expect it will soon be available via the same channels as the Ledaig 42, including here in the U.S if you happen to be a collector of higher-end whisky.
NOSE: Intense, heavily sherried, whiffs of sooty smoke, tobacco, liquorice, black cherries, roasting chestnuts, old leather, cocoa powder, stewed prunes, very complex.
PALATE: Rich and luxurious, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, cherry liqueur, powerful oak flavours, cloves, treacle toffee, liquorice, spicy dried black fruits.
FINISH: Everlasting, dry and spicy with a slightly smoky, salty tail.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...