About Tobermory 21 Year Cask Strength Manzanilla Finish Scotch Whisky
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.
Tobermory uses optic barley sourced from several Scottish malt makers, 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.
This 21-year-old Tobermory is a well-aged single malt that was finished in Manzanilla sherry casks. Manzanilla is a paler, drier sherry with a salty flavor, meaning that the influence of the cask is different than that of your typical rich sherry. The whisky gets additional citrus and spice notes from the Manzanilla casks. Bottled without any coloring or chill-filtration at 107.6 proof, the expression is limited to around 5,500 bottles.
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