Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and Virgin
Added coloring: No
Owner: Takara Shuzo Corp.
Average price: € 30.00
Official website: www.tomatin.com
Distilleries in Scotland are often the epicentre of the local community, the main economic driver of the country in which they are located. Especially in the past, when the Scottish economy wasn’t particularly diversified, relying on a thriving activity such as scotch production was the only way to survive, with all that this entailed, especially in times of great whisky crises.
Tomatin is one of the few distilleries that still offers accommodation to its employees, a need that arose at the time of its foundation as the workforce came from a farming community.
And here’s a bottling that celebrates the distillery’s link with its community, according to the concept of “legacy” that is so dear to Anglo-Saxon culture.
A basic level whisky, starting from the price, designed as an introduction to the tastes and aromas of Tomatin.
A curiosity: the US version of the bottle is called Dualchas, the Gaelic translation of the English term (because Americans need that extra exotic touch).
Gold in the glass.
A spicy opening of cinnamon and nutmeg greets the nose before plunging it into tones of ripe plums, candied orange, caramel and shortbread. The influence of oak is very much present, with the addition of a drop of lemon and a slight metallic hint in the background.
In the mouth it reveals a young spirit, with the exuberance of the alcohol tending to overpower a rather subdued and weak aromatic palette of fruit, including tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), citrus and vanilla. A bitter, metallic note tends to prevail over time, as if nails had been left to infuse.
Medium dry finish of alcohol, wood and spices.
A young whisky, too young, with the virgin casks probably messing up the cards and making it even more unbalanced and uncertain. It suffers from an overpowering alcoholic influence despite its modest alcohol content and has the sole virtue of being cheap.