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Tomatin 18 Year Old 1994 Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Jul 2013

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Tomatin 18 Year Old 1994 Carn Mor Strictly Limited
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I first got introduced to the malts from the Carn Mor Strictly Limited range during a wonderful Whisky & Chocolate tasting in April. This one did not appear in that line up. It is a vatting of 2 hogsheads, that yielded 553 bottles at 46%. I do not know if Tomatin has a Gaelic meaning, but for me it is synonymous with fruity.

The nose is exactly that. Gooseberries, apples, oranges, pineapple on syrup. Mango maybe. Very fresh and lively. Some heather and honey, but also hints of vanilla and marzipan.

It is (a bit too) soft on the palate, with again fruit in the lead (mostly citrus), followed by a lot of spices. A pinch of white pepper, ginger, liquorice and a bit of bitter oak. Herbal as well and not as tropical as some older bottlings (remember Tomatin 1976?), but it is underway.

In the bittersweet finish I get mostly honey and grapefruit.

Like Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back: ‘Impressive. Most impressive.’ Just under 60 EUR. Thanks, Jeroen.

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