Tobermory welcomes a brand new model ambassador, wildlife filmmaker and Mull native Gordon Buchanan, and to have fun releases a really particular restricted version single malt: Tobermory 25 12 months Outdated Oloroso Sherry Cask End.
It’s turn out to be fairly the factor for whisky firms to rent model ambassadors from outdoors the whisky world. Usually they’ve little or no connection to the product in query however within the case of the brand new face of Tobermory, Gordon Buchanan, it couldn’t be a greater match.
Introducing Gordon Buchanan
You won’t know his identify however as one of many world’s premier wildlife filmmakers you should have nearly definitely seen his work. Buchanan was introduced up on the Isle of Mull, the house of Tobermory and he even used to sneak into the then moth-balled distillery as a teenage dare.
However the connection doesn’t finish there as a result of his mom used to work at Tobermory the place she met the person who would turn out to be her husband and Buchanan’s stepfather. And it goes on, whisky followers will know Gordon’s brother, Stewart Buchanan who started his profession as a stillman at Tobermory and now works as a model ambassador for Brown Forman’s Scotch distilleries, Benriach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh.
We had been launched to Gordon Buchanan at a lunch in London hosted by grasp distiller Brendan McCarron and grasp blender Julieann Fernandez. Buchanan appeared genuinely delighted about working along with his hometown’s distillery. McCarron commented:“We’re actually excited to welcome and accomplice with Gordon as island ambassador. Now we have a shared ardour for Mull, the land, the group, the wildlife. We’re dedicated to work collectively to guard and protect our stunning island, guaranteeing it’s sorted for years to come back.”
And a restricted version sherry cask single malt
In addition to unveiling Bucahanan, the event was the launch of a really particular restricted version whisky from the distillery: Tobermory 25 12 months Outdated Oloroso Sherry Cask End. It’s the third launch within the Hebridean Collection following on from the 23 and 24 yr previous bottlings. The whisky started life because the highly regarded 15 yr previous which proved so standard that it was discontinued. However some was stored again and spent ten years in Gonzalez Byass oloroso sherry casks earlier than bottling at 48.1% ABV with an outturn of 5,298 bottles.
The result’s a massively fruit wealthy drop; McCarron described it as jammy. There’s a full tasting be aware beneath. We tried it subsequent to 2 different whiskies from the distillery: Tobermory 21 12 months Outdated and the peated Ledaig 18 12 months Outdated. They’re each phenomenal whiskies, the 21 12 months Outdated fantastically poised between candy sherry and floral fragrant notes however the 18 12 months Outdated actually deserves all of the plaudits it has acquired with smoked meat, fruit, candy sherry, and smoke all in excellent stability. In brief, the occasion confirmed how properly the spirit from Tobermory ages.
In future the distillery goes to be upping the variety of peated runs, such has been the success of Ledaig (pronounced as Brendan reminded us ‘lay chick’) which may be very thrilling information. But it surely does imply that ‘peculiar’ Tobermory will turn out to be rarer. What a troublesome option to make!
Tobermory 25 12 months Outdated Oloroso Sherry Cask End is out there from Grasp of Malt. Click on on hyperlink for worth and to purchase.
Tasting be aware for Tobermory 25 12 months Outdated Oloroso Sherry Cask End
Nostril: Peachy nostril, with plum jam, toffee, coconut, wooden, walnuts and molasses, and a few floral orange and orange peel notes.
Palate: Initially fairly gentle, floral, saline and peppery then candy molasses, baking spice and sherry end.
End: Lengthy and candy with dried fruits and rum-like flavours.
General: Massive wealthy sherried whisky. Very complicated. One to sip slowly.