Having blasted through my Tomatin backlog there’s nothing to compare this to, so I’ll just get it out there on its own. While I do, please note that Green Welly have the sublime Contrast on offer right now (that is a serious bargain), as well as cask strength.
Nose - Classic young Tomatin; fresh, sour, blonde wood, young, musky but high quality cask. Roasted green apple, whiteboard markers, a touch of cardboard and yesterday's rain soaked beach BBQ. A good balance of feisty, deeply sweet cask and mineral, but that slightly incongruous peat I often get on the nose with Cu Bocan doesn't quite gel for me.
Body - Apple chews, cap-gun caps, white wine and toast with marshmallows. Sour top notes are slightly malic also, with white grapes and Sudocrem.
Finish - Medium, quite hot with chocolate, coffee and charred cardboard. Grapefruit at the end.
Perfectly smashable as you might expect but it's playing the young, sour and peaty thing that young Caol Ila usually nails and not doing so well – the peat just isn’t strong enough.