Tomatin 18 YO

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and very fruity. At first there’s a mild honey and vanilla base with a nice ripe berry fruitiness. There’s a grittier side to it as well with raisins, a hint of rubber and dry garden soil. When it starts to settle there’s a nice cinnamon note on top and some fresher fruits in the back. The vanilla evolves into a fudge/toffee note. It feels quite vibrant for its age and it takes a good while before notes of age appears. This is a very nice and well balanced nose which delivers a nice experience overall.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild toffee sweetness. Everything grows quickly and becomes quite big and rich. There’s a nice pepperiness approaching from the back while the ripe fruitiness starts to push through the sweetness in all directions. There are raisins and overripe plums as well as a lemon peel bitterness in the back. It really shows age at this point with some dusty leather books mixed in with everything else. The cinnamon note is still in there as well. It still feels very balanced.

Finish: The spicyness spreads slowly over the palate and a fresh orange/lemon fruitiness mixed with the dusty book notes arrive first. The ripe fruits and the gritty notes have moved backwards and now creates a nice dark backdrop. Everything is in its place and the movements almost feels orchistrated. The oakiness is fashionably late which is a good thing. It lets everything shine to its fullest before taking over. It’s a nice slightly hazelnutty oakiness which feels… very well balanced. This is a really great whisky which is very well put together. It feels almost too predictable at times.

Additional information
This whisky has been aged in refill casks and then finished in first fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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