Scotland’s Tobermory Distillery, on the Isle of Mull, recently released the latest expression in its Hebridean Series, the Tobermory 25.
A statement from Tobermory notes that this release follows on the heels of the 23- and 24-year-old expressions.
All these single malts, the distiller explained, are inspired by the people of Mull’s long-standing history of working with the land that surrounds them.
For the Tobermory 25, the distiller’s notes show that it has aromas of blackcurrant jam, peaches and lemon peel.
The aged whisky was first matured in Oloroso Sherry casks before finishing in Gonzalez Byass casks that helped create a lingering spice mixed with tastes of poached pears and nutmeg.
The distillery’s surrounding shoreline also gives Tobermory 25 its “coastal finish,” which the whisky maker notes is synonymous with each of their expressions.
Each of the whiskies in the Hebridean Series starts with the liquid of the 15 year old, which was released by the distillery in 2008. This expression continued to mature in the Gonzalez Byass sherry casks for an additional nine years.
Along with this new whisky release, Tobermory officials announced a partnership with wildlife filmmaker, Gordon Buchanan, who will work with the distillery as an Island Ambassador to help preserve and promote the Isle of Mull.
Buchanan grew up on Mull and has traveled across the globe capturing an array of animals and environments, but credits his home as to where he first fell in love with nature.
In his role as Island Ambassador, he partners with Tobermory Distillery to promote sustainability and raise awareness of the island’s beauty and ecosystem, joining the local community organizations and residents of Mull.
As well as donating money to this work, the distillery will be offering its workforce as volunteers and unveiling some new fundraising projects over the next two years.
Brendan McCarron, Tobermory’s master distiller, noted that Tobermory 25 is a “wonderfully fruity and well-rounded liquid, and drinkers can expect a true taste of Mull with every dram. Our hand-crafted Hebridean Series really champions the little island we call home, drawing inspiration on its unique history and heritage to shape our expressions. The 25-year-old is a real homage to Mull’s crofting history, and draws parallels on the skill and ingenuity that goes into working with the land around us.”
Gordon Buchanan said, “Mull is where I grew up and spent many happy years as a boy. Its amazing wildlife and ecosystem is what inspired me to get into photography and filmmaking when I was a teen, and for that, I’ll always be grateful.”
He said he spent his childhood in Tobermory, and his life is intertwined with Tobermory Distillery. His mother met his stepfather while working at the distillery in 1991, and his brother went on to become a stillman, two years later (1993-2004).
“Tobermory Distillery is a key part of my family’s history so I’m honored to be joining the team as Island Ambassador.”
In total, there are 5,298 bottles of Tobermory 25 available worldwide. It clocks in with 48.1% ABV, and bottles are priced at £345.
For more information on Tobermory or to find a bottle, check out www.tobermorydistillery.com.
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