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Tomatin 12 Year Old

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

9th Nov 2018


Tomatin 12 Year Old
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This is my first ever Tomatin. It's a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It says "finished" in sherry casks, so who knows what that means? Finished for how long? 2 years? 10 Minutes? Somewhere in between? Well, let's see what this is all about.

  • Nose (undiluted): Lovely! Quite surprising given my complete lack of expectations. definitely an Oloroso-type sherry note, red licorice (cherry NIBS), almonds, a bit of vanilla, some hints of oak and barrel char, very reminiscent of Glendronach 12.
  • Palate (undiluted): medium bodied, more red fruit, baked apples, more nuttiness
  • Finish: short to medium length, vanilla, coconut, pears, a bit of barley sugar, more oak

As this was an easy drinking sample, I didn't see the point in adding water. It's only bottled at 43% abv, and any lower would just be unnecessary. It isn't über-complex, but it's not as bland and predictable as most entry-level offerings. I'm quite surprised and impressed by this malt. At $59 per bottle in Ontario, I'll definitely be purchasing a full bottle.

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cricklewood commented

Nice review, I'm glad to see someone else enjoyed this as well, many of the Tomatin expressions don't get much love.

My brother and I split a bottle of this and Glen Garioch 12 and ended up quite pleased with both. I forgot to bring my half back so haven't got around to reviewing it.

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Nozinan commented

This is an example of where you can enjoy a review, highly respect the reviewer, but really not have the same liking for the whisky.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan I scored this one the same as the 18 year old, but I think this one was my favourite of the set. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t expecting anything.

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Hewie commented

I love finds like this. Is it in your top 10? No. But it is whisky gold when you unexpectedly find something enjoyable in a bottle you had no expectations for - especially when it is well priced and readily accessible. I've not tried this one myself but I must say that the old bottles are much more appealing on the eye than the new ones.

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