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Tomatin 15 Year Old

The Dessert Malt

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

2nd Feb 2010


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I tried the NEW Tomatin 15. This latest addition to the Tomatin range (it was released in August 2009) has matured on American bourbon casks and has a medium body.

It takes a while before you see the tears in the glass, which is nice.

The nose is sweet and pretty, filled with the classic traits of the bourbon cask: vanilla, oak, toffee, grain cereals and a little bit of spices. There is even a hint of orange zeste in the background.

The malt was surprisingly buttery on the palate, yet soft and fruity, upholstered with mild honey and apricots. But the vanilla and oak are very clear, almost dominant. Upon the second sip, I even detected some hazelnuts.

The finish is soft and sweet with the barley playing the first violin.

It's not an overly complex dram, but I enjoyed it very much with a chocolate & orange dessert.

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FMichael commented

Interesting review...Saw a bottle of this at my local grocery store ($38), and was on the fence...I went with the Glenfiddich 15 yr Solera instead since I knew what I was getting...Maybe the next time I'm there I'll pick on up.

6 years ago 0

FMichael commented

Well - went ahead, and bought a bottle.

I must say - it's pretty good...Sort of a "poor man's" Balvenie 15 yr Single Barrel...In fact - I believe the Tomatin 15 yr is probably equal to some of the Balvenie 15 yr Single Barrel that I've had in the past (qualities of the Balvenie have ranged from good to spectacular).

Spot on review although I'd probably give it several more points since I'm very fond of these bourbon aged single malts.

6 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Glad you like it, sir!

6 years ago 0

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