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Tobermory Distillery, Isle of Mull
Tobermory can trace its history back to 1798 and is now the only operating distillery on the Hebridean Island of Mull. Two whiskies are produced; Tobermory, which is a vatted malt and the single malt Ledaig.
Ledaig, unlike Tobermory, is distilled from heavily peated malted barley. During the malting process, burning peat is used to dry the barley in a kiln. The reek from the burning peat is absorbed by the barley through the husk of the grain, and the reek remains through the mashing, fermentation and distillation processes, eventually leading to a superior single malt with a highly distinctive peaty, smoky taste. That malt is Ledaig, a superb, intricate Island Malt Scotch Whisky.
Isle of Mull
Is Mull the prettiest of the Inner Hebredies? some would say so. It is the second largest The islands main town of Tobermory, with its kaleidoscopically coloured houses is home to the eponymously named distillery.
In common with Springbank, the distillery is one of very few distilleries that produce more than one whisky. Ledaig (pronunced ley-chek) itself is a wondrous surprise. Yes it is peated, but completely different from its Islay cousins. Ledaig is very much in the Manzanilla mould. Bright and fresh, with a wonderful salinity. The peat is a delicate whisper. Tobermorey itself is an unpeated malt, delicate and fruity, with occasionally a lightly honeyed nuttiness.
Rooty, with touches of putty and a slight cheesy note. Toasted wood, hot sesame oil. Lots of smoke - and another which shows agricultural touches: compost and tomato leaf.
Sweet with seashell, big peatiness mixed with chocolate and mushroom. Good texture.
Not exactly refined, but a bit of rough does you no harm and certainly a big improvement. There's just something about the wood that isn't quite right.
Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine Issue 91
Butyric. Stale cheese. Dairy parlour.
Dry with an immediate butyric note as well. Quite burning. A salty sensation.
Warm and dry. A touch of dry almond.
Water takes some of the butyric notes but not the burning sensation. Unbalanced and leaving an unpleasant taste.
Martine Nouet - Whisky Magazine Issue 91