Cu Bocan is Tomatin’s NAS, lightly peated single malt, reviewed here some time ago. This is lightly peated Tomatin spirit in a blend of virgin oak, sherry and bourbon casks. With the Cuatro sherry finishes Tomatin have also released a sherry only Cu Bocan. This is a limited edition run of 6000 bottles and matured in first fill sherry butts (like the Cuatro).
Cu Bocan, Sherry Cask (assumed 46%), A⊕
Nose - Plums and peat, gentle warm spice on the nose - cinnamon and allspice. Toffee and toasted wood. Lightly musky with a little crayon. The sherry is both bold and restrained somehow, the sweetness rides over the top very nicely.
Body - Sweet, spicy and numbing. Cloves and peppercorns. Granary toast and marmite.
Finish - Medium/short with chilli, and tropical notes at the end. A bit like I’d expect a tiny pineapple rolled in chilli and other spices to taste like. Weirdly Christmassy in a summery way.
What’s not good about it - The finish is a little short, the numbing is a little unexpected given the rest of it but that kind of adds to the kookiness of this rather beguiling whisky.
What’s good about it - Warm spices, flawless sherry, that odd combination of peat and Tomatin comes together very well. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I do, on the list.
Thanks to Tomatin for the official sample.