Boutique-y’s Tomatin 11 year old Batch 4 is another of the bottlers seemingly incognito releases – I can find no record of its existence outside of this smartly presented miniature. Previous batched have had a bit of age behind them with 21 and 16 years under their belts – this one heads into pre-teen territory with an offering that’s 11 years of age and bottled at 51%.
Nose: Pear drops and hay-like grassiness are joined by coconut macaroons, baked buns and pancake mix, whilst golden syrup sits with barley water. In the background, oaty cereals, and raisin studded buns alongside hints of lemon peel. The addition of water adds milky coffee with whipped peak meringue and creamed corn.
Taste: Opening with apples, pears and lemon balm before heading malt-wards into oatcakes, maltcake and cereal bars. The mid-palate delivers additional sweetness from nougat and crumbled chocolate, before offering something a little more savoury in the form of water crackers with an aside of earthiness. Reduction again adds creaminess with egg custard alongside lemon curd.
Finish: Medium and highly focussed on barley water, milk chocolate and dry oakiness.
Boutique-y’s fourth batch of Tomatin ably expresses the distillery’s underlying spirit character with pleasant fruitiness alongside plenty of barley/cereal character. And that’s kinda it really – there’s not a lot of depth and not a lot more to wade in and discover. Fruit. Barley. Done. Inoffensive stuff.