Tomatin 14 year old was originally launched in 2014. When the entire core range was rebranded, the labelling on this bottle was updated to highlight it’s port cask finish. It’s been matured for 13 years in ex-Bourbon barrels and then has been finished in tawny port pipes for an additional year. It can be yours for £53.83 from Master of Malt.
Nose: Sweet stewed red fruits. Redcurrants, raspberries and cranberries all cooked down with sour cherries, apricots and plums. Toffee, butterscotch and vanilla alongside some light herbalness (potpourri) and delicate nutmeg spicing. The addition of water brings out some baking notes of pastries and light nuttiness.
Taste: A good mouthfeel which brings both sweetness as well as some bitter tannins. Blackberries, red currants, peaches and apples all make for some intense fruitiness. They are merged nicely with some heavy spicing – pepper, cinnamon and a hint of cumin. Deeper notes of chocolate cake and coffee grounds stem from the port influence. Water reduces the bitterness and makes the fruits seem quite syrupy.
Finish: Medium in length with dried fruits and oak tannins.
Tomatin 14 year old Portwood Finish works nicely, with good interplay between fruity character and hefty spicing. A drop of two of water (no more please!) is just enough to take reduce the tannins at play here, resulting in well balanced dram quite suited to enjoying after-dinner on a cool autumnal night.
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