Tomatin 18 year old has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and then finished in first-fill oloroso sherry. It’s bottled at 46% and is available for £75.55 from Master of Malt.
Nose: Vibrant and fresh. Baked apples, honeydew melon, butterscotch, honey and vanilla are reinforced with sherry notes – dried fruits, raisins, leather and tobacco – but they’re light, delicate and garden-fresh. There’s an underlying nuttiness of walnuts running throughout the whisky and the whole nose is very crisp and lively.
Taste: Unctuous mouthfeel at 46%. Quite malty, but sweetness still prevails with candied applies, peaches and an assortment of dried fruits in the mix. Honey, chocolate, light leather and crystalline ginger all play their part and make for a gentle but well defined dram.
Finish: Medium to long and quite malty with sweet toffee and some bitter spices of cinnamon and pepper.
Tomatin 18 year old is both fruity and malty with a very sympathetic sherry element that suits the style and age of the whisky well, without ever taking over nor feeling heavy handed. The nose and initial palate is quite fruity, but this makes way for a fairly malty and spicy finish. A game of two halves as it were.
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