Magic of Mull inspires malt

Tobermory Distillery releases 24 year old expression

THE Isle of Mull’s stunning 300 miles of coastline is said to have inspired the latest limited edition expression from the island’s Tobermory Distillery.

The second expression in Tobermory Distillery’s Herbidean Series, Tobermory 24 is the first special release whisky to be created under Cara Gilbert, who was appointed to head up Tobermory Distillery last year and, at the age of 28, is said to be the world’s youngest distillery manager.

The 52.5% ABV Oloroso cask finish expression is described as having “notes of Mull’s wild landscapes”, with dark berries on the nose and blackcurrant jam on the palate – all of which can be found in abundance on the island. Nutmeg and cinnamon are said to be “beautifully balanced with a salty tang”, alongside vanilla, toasted oak and a hint of cocoa, with a “warm salted caramel finish”.

Just 3600 bottles of the 24 year old expression, which spent the last nine years in Oloroso sherry Gonzales Byass casks, have been released, and follow the launch of release of Tobermory 23 – the inaugural expression in Tobermory Distillery’s Hebridean Series.

Cara Gilbert said Tobermory 24 was inspired by Mull’s “stunning coastline and sea air”.

“We are incredibly proud of this new release and its deep-rooted Mull heritage,” she said.

“The series is inspired by the unique influences that myself and the team experience from living and working on the beautiful island, handcrafting our whiskies.

“One of the finest releases in our 230-year history, we know it’ll be a highly sought-after collector’s item from fans eager to enjoy a true taste of Mull.”

Tobermory 24 joins Tobermory 23 year old, Tobermory 12 year old, Ledaig 10 year old, Ledaig Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish, and Ledaig 18 year old in the distillery’s range of malts. The distillery also produces Tobermory Gin, which includes Mountain, Coast and Hebridean expressions.