Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and traditional oak
Added coloring: No
Owner: Takara Shuzo Corp.
Average price: € 350.00
Official website: www.tomatin.com
Very important ageing for the Highland distillery, produced for the first time in 2018 and made annually always with the same characteristics, starting with the ageing casks reported as ex-Bourbon and “traditional oak”, which in itself means nothing and leaves room for more or less any speculation.
The third version, released in 2020 in 3,000 bottles, all natural and with a fixed alcohol content of 46%, is technically the same as the previous (and subsequent) versions, with that vague term that could conceal other ex-Bourbon or ex-Sherry casks.
Needless to say, it’s fruit that dominates the nose, very tropical with mango, passion fruit, pineapple, peach and a dash of pink grapefruit, all wrapped in a very soft waxy blanket. The journey continues in shades of honey, caramel and fruit jelly, with a predilection for mandarin. Full and juicy.
In the mouth, a good dose of white pepper and ginger stirs the spirits, which maintain a tropical residence with greater dryness and acidity: kiwi, grapefruit and lime are added to bitter veins that counterbalance the softness of the nose. The citrus component is intense but not overpowering, and there is also a vague vegetal and balsamic impression along the length.
The finish is long and dry, fruity and bitter at the same time, with touches of nuts, ginger and citrus.
An elderly gentleman who is anything but bland, who knows how to hide his age with an unexpected freshness. It doesn’t offer great complexity (is it the alcohol content that is holding it back?), but it’s compact, pleasant and not at all boring, without any smears.
For its price you might expect more, but it is certainly worth tasting.