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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Tobermory Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Island Region Distillery on Mull

Tobermory Distillery,

Isle of Mull,

PA75 6NR

Tel: +44 (0)1688 302645


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Tobermory Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Light gentle peat, malty, floral with a touch of smoke.

Palate:  Light to medium. Malty, fruity, honey and nuts.

Finish: Soft and honeyed.

Ledaig Whisky

StyleTasting Notes

Nose: Peaty, earthy, tarmac.

Palate: Full bodied. Sweet chewy peat, oily, smoky.

Finish: Long and peaty.

Founded in 1797 by John Sinclair

Location Island region on the Isle of Mull, Tobermory

Water Source Local private loch


Tobermory / Ledaig Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Copper domed cast iron mash tun

4 Oregon pine washbacks

4 pot stills with steeply inclined S-shaped lyne arms

Matured in a combination of American oak bourbon and European sherry casks.

Tobermory / Ledaig Scotch Whisky Distillery History

The name “Tobermory” is derived from the Gaelic “Tobar Mhoire”, which means “Well of Mary” and relates to the well and chapel of St Mary – there was a small Christian settlement in Tobermory from early times. The original name for the distillery, Ledaig (pronounce Led-chig) is also Gaelic and means “Safe Haven”.


Tobermory Distillery is one of the oldest operational Malt Scotch Whisky distilleries and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 1998


In 1797 a local merchant, John Sinclair, applied to build a distillery, this was initially refused. However permission was granted the following year for Sinclair to proceed and The Ledaig Distillery as it was known in the early years was constructed. becoming fully licensed in 1823.  


The distillery was closed between 1837 and 1878. In 1890 it was sold to John Hopkins & Co. who themselves where acquired by the Distillers Company Ltd in 1916.


The distillery was shut down again in 1928 and didn't reopen until 1972 this time as the Ledaig Distillery (Tobermory) Ltd. However in 1975 the receivers where called in and the distillery was mothballed.


During 1978 the distillery was purchased by Kirkleavington Property Co (Yorkshire) and in 1990 the distillery resumed production this time called Tobermory.


In 1993 Burn Stewart who’s other distilleries at the time included Bunnahabhain and Deanston acquired the distillery.


Today Tobermory distillery produces two different styles of single malts. The first one is a lightly peated malt called Tobermory. The second is an extremely peaty malt called Ledaig.


Both Tobermory and Ledaig Single Malt Scotch whiskies are produced at the Tobermory Distillery, which is the only distillery on the picturesque Hebridean Isle of Mull.  This means that of all the world-famous whisky distilling regions of Scotland (Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Islay, Island and Campbeltown) these two malt whiskies represent the only opportunity to experience Scotch whisky from this particular area.


Tobermory / Ledaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Tobermory Distillery  announced the evolution of its two single malts. Tobermory 10yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Ledaig 10yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky will no longer be chill filtered, giving the whiskies a purer taste, nose and appearance and the changes have been accompanied by a bold change in design for the bottles and packaging.


Tobermory 10 year old 46,3%

Tobermory 15 year old Limited Edition

Tobermory 19 year old Limited Edition

Iona Single Malt Whisky Only available from the distillery

Ledaig Light

Ledaig Sherry Malt

Ledaig Aged 10 years 46,3%

Ledaig Aged 16 years


Tobermory/Ledaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Tobermory 10 year old 40%

Ledaig Aged 7  years

Ledaig Aged 10 years 40%

Ledaig Aged 12 years

Ledaig Aged 15 years Limited Edition

Ledaig Aged 20 years

Ledaig  Vintage 1972, 1974, 1979


Tobermory /Ledaig Independent Bottlings

Angus Dundee

Berry’s Own Selection



Cairn Mor Vintage

Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dun Bheagan (Ian McLeod),


Murray McDavid,

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Private Cellar (Scotts)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).

Whisky Doris (Germany)

Wilson & Morgan Barrel.

Tobermory Awards

Tobermory 10 Year Old 

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011  Silver

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 Silver


Tobermory 15Year Old

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012 Gold

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 Double Gold

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011  Silver (Best in Class)

Scotch Whisky Masters Competition 2011 Highlands & Islands up to 18  Gold


Ledaig 10 Year Old

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011 gold  (Best in Class)  

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 Gold

Scotch Whisky Masters Competition 2011 Highlands & Islands up to 12 Gold

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