Ancient Mariner


1996, 18 Years Old, Cask No. 349

ABV 46.1%
REVIEWED Issue 127
Brand: Tobermory, Ancient Mariner
Expression: 1996, 18 Years Old, Cask No. 349
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 46.1%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
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Tobermory Distillery, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Islands (Non Islay), Scotland
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Meaty, with copper notes, Oxo cubes, and dark chocolate orange fudge notes. Given time in the glass, a slight smoked chocolate note emerges.
Palate: A very creamy note, leading into a sappy, youthful green note, acacia honey and a touch of golden syrup. Some soapy carbolic smoke notes develop further in.
Finish: Light, with a distinct malty note resonating.
Comment: Solid enough, with masculine notes and a sweeter smoky centre.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Pungent, manure, coffee and lightly sulphured. Hints of herbal and lightly cardboardy spice follow. A little industrial but some dried fruit and honey try to counter.
Palate: Soft and toffeed with hints of dried fruit. Again, industrial with a slight wet cardboard intimation. Thankfully there is thick fruit to offer some balance plus white liquorice and honey.
Finish: Mouth-watering, mineral and a little hot with lingering liquorice and light spice notes.
Comment: Not exactly my favoured style of whisky but it has fruit and sweetness to balance the ‘spirit’ character.
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