From a shared purchase. Tomatin is a somewhat lesser known single malt from the highlands. They have a huge output capacity but most of it goes to blenders, although recently they have been releasing more and more single malt expressions, which are usually unremarkable but quite affordable. This one has been independently bottled by Whiskybroker, a British independent bottler.
Aged 25 years. 53.6% ABV. Matured in a refill sherry hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 18824.
Nose: Freshly varnished wood. Wood chips. Orange peel. Pineapple flavouring. Raspberry fizzers. Bit of a nutty note.Overripe red apples. Pepper. Caramel cake. With water the wood notes become a lot deeper. A butterscotch note appears.
Palate: Light wood. Bitter citrus. Caramel pudding. Tastes a lot like this flavour of Arizona Iced Tea. Lady grey tea (dried citrus peels and bergamot).
Finish: Long. Light varnished wood. Brown sugar. Honey.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a tasty dram, full of honey and sweet fruit notes. However nothing really got my attention and I’ll probably forget about it tomorrow. It’s something I’ve noticed in general with Tomatin, minus one or two expressions I’ve tried. This bottle retailed quite cheaply, around 95 euros on the EU market, but I would still prefer to buy something younger and more complex.