About Tobermory 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Tobermory is located on the Scottish island of Mull, in the village of Tobermory. The distillery was formerly the Ledaig facility and is the only distillery on the entire island. Founded in 1798, Tobermory has changed hands several times, and undergone a significant number of closures. The distillery was established in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society. Until then the town had been a small farming settlement, built around the medieval church at the top of the hill.
In 1797 a local kelp merchant named John Sinclair applied for the lease of 57 acres of land on the area known as Ledaig, for the purpose of distilling. However, distilling was banned in Britain between 1795 and 1797 in order to conserve grain stores for the War of the First Coalition with France. Sinclair’s application was subsequently rejected, but he was granted permission to build a brewery. Through sheer perseverance, a year later Ledaig Distillery was established.
The distillery built a strong reputation over the next hundred years, but the Great Depression and Prohibition saw a fall in whisky demand, and the distillery was mothballed for over 40 years. Finally, in 1971, the Ledaig Distillery (Tobermory Ltd.) came back with a bang, reopening with a limited edition release. But the economic climate of the 1970s proved unfavorable, and the distillery fell upon hard times one more. The future of the distillery was continuously dotted with highs, lows, and further closures. By the 1980s the distillery warehouses were being converted into flats.
The distillery was brought back to life in 1993 after it was purchased by Burns Stewart Distillers, and the distillery has since become the pride of the island. At Tobermory they still do things the traditional way; by hand. One of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland, Tobermory is unique, from its idyllic location to its equally alluring, single malts- the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig.
Tobermory uses optic barley sourced from several Scottish malt makers, but is meticulously selected by their own master distiller. The barley is soaked in fresh water for two to three days and then spread out on the distillery floor to germinate for one to three weeks (depending on the season). The barley is constantly monitored, turned and tended, and as it germinates, it is infused with the distinct sea mists of Mull. The barley is then milled in a traditional Porteus mill to the Master Distiller's exact specifications. They distill their whisky using the same techniques they used over two hundred years ago, using two wash stills and two low wines stills.
The steeply inclined s-shaped lyne arm of their stills gives heavy reflux which leads to more refined notes in the spirit. It is only the middle distillate, or ‘Heart of the Run’, which is deemed pure enough for collection. Incredibly, smooth and velvety, Tobermory’s 10-year-old hand-crafted signature unpeated expression is matured for 10 years in ex-bourbon casks. The slight peat influence gives a unique character to the smooth notes of fruit and spice. This Tobermory bottling proudly embraces the past, paying homage to long and resilient history. Bottled unchill-filtered at 46.3% ABV in a signature green glass. The release also won a Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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Situated on the Isle of Mull, the quaint village of Tobermory was founded in 1788 by fishermen who began using it as a resting place during their fishing expeditions in the Sound of Mull. The name Tobermory is derived from the ancient Gaelic word meaning "Mary's Well," and refers to a nearby well on the Isle of Mull that was dedicated to the Virgin Mary centuries ago by Irish monks who lived on the island. In 1798 — just ten years after fishermen began using the port of Tobermory as a resting place — John Sinclair founded Tobermory Brewery and Distillery.
Today, Tobermory Distillery is the last remaining distillery on the Isle of Mull, and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It produces two distinctive styles of whisky: Tobermory Single Malt Scotch Whisky, an unpeated single malt whisky that reflects the heritage and culture of the Isle of Mull, and Ledaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a heavily peated single malt whisky that reflects the distillery's location in the Inner Hebrides archipelago.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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