A delicious teenage Tomatin with an unusually (outside of Cadenhead’s) long finish in Moscatel casks. It seems a while since we had something like this out of Tomatin so I was very interested to try it.
Distilled in 2003, moved to Moscatel barriques in 2013, finished for 5 years.
Nose - Hot baked fruit (peach, some mango), slightly minty. A touch of overheating electrical insulation, new leather sofa, baklava pastry. That musky warm wood and baked fruit is very rich, complex and inviting.
Body - Baked plum and peach with a robust tannins; hard woods, stewed tea bags. A significant new oak note blends well with the fruit - the effect of active wine casks that haven't had a spirit in them before.
Finish - Long with peach chew sweets and candied peel. Well-structured to the end.
This is a very confident whisky, it reminds me of the Glenmorangie Bacalta (with the hot fruit and baked woods) but with lots more structure. The tannins in the end make it very drinkable too.
While we’re on the subject, I just noticed that the Tomatin Contrast is still in stock here, and is just brilliant – two half bottles each with some serious old stock in them. You wouldn’t get them at that price if released in 2018.
Thanks to Tomatin for the sample.