ABV: 43% Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon with virgin oak cask finish Distillery: Tomatin Region: Highlands
Tomatin Legacy was launched in 2013 as the distillery’s entry-level non age statement whisky. It’s matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and then finished for around a year in virgin oak casks. When launched it’s RRP was £25.99, so it’s pleasing that in the four years hence, it has hardly increased for this reasonable entry point. You can find it on Master of Malt for £26.50.
Nose: Vanillins and lemons. Straight away, concentrated vanilla – a touch cloying – like vanilla extract. This is supported by citrus peels and homemade lemonade. Apples and fresh pineapples are sweetened with icing sugar and very lightly salted caramel. There’s some grassy herbalness as well as a discernible metallic aroma – copper to be specific.
Taste: A decent arrival of spiced and fresh green apples alongside vanilla again – it’s better integrated on the palate than on the nose and supports rather than leads. Light toffee and a dash of pepper joins the party.
Finish: Short with pepper and some astringency.
Whilst Tomatin Legacy is generally clean, fresh and easy-going, it has been subjected one my least favourite whisky trends – the use of virgin cask finishes to add flavour to younger liquid. It works better on the palate than on the nose, but the palate itself is quite simplistic with less than a handful of flavours in play. 43% ABV for an entry-level NAS whisky should be applauded, but at the same time, this becomes a bit of a moot point if the overall experience is a touch lacklustre. Fairly priced, but there are still better options to consider.