Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Added coloring: No
Owner: Takara Shuzo Corp.
Average price: € 59.00
Official website: www.tomatin.com
Introduced in 2015, this was Tomatin’s first cask strength, revised to its current packaging just the following year along with the rest of their portfolio.
The gradation is quite generous, I wonder how it will affect the harmonics of this distillery.
Light gold in the glass.
The strong alcohol content is clearly perceptible on the nose, without being bothersome, supporting on the contrary a nice herbaceous and balsamic freshness, with aromas of amaretto, lemon peel, peach, pineapple, candied orange and sugar icing. The malt is very present, with a certain hint of yeast. Young enough, I would say.
The alcoholic bang on the palate is understandably tough, but not very balanced: it may be that Tomatin tones are not particularly strong, but here they are really put to sleep by the alcohol content. Lots of malt again, accompanied by cinnamon, sultanas, pineapple, mango and a touch of citrus. The aromas struggle to emerge, burn quickly and leave only alcohol and wood.
The finish is medium, alcoholic and astringent, of malt, wood and cinnamon.
Cask strength bottlings attract a certain segment of the market, but you don’t have to chase them at all costs, and above all you have to know how to make them. The alcohol here, for me, overwhelms everything, revealing the inadequacy of the elsewhere more than good Tomatin whisky to sustain it at high alcohol content. Perhaps a more decisive ageing would help, but here I just don’t get it: I appreciate it just for its aroma (from which I can infer it could do better).