The grand finale in tonight's vertical tasting is the Tomatin 18 Year Old. This one is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. No mention of how long.
- Nose (undiluted): dry sherry, raisins, walnuts, dark chocolate, oak, a bit of char, and something herbal, maybe some rosemary
- Palate (undiluted): rich mouthfeel, obvious sherry influence, vanilla, some cinnamon, orange zest
- Finish: medium length, bright grapes, vanilla, green apples, some oak notes and a touch of coffee and cocoa powder lingering
Everything seems right, but I want more out of this whisky. I want more...something. I'm not sure what's lacking, but it isn't blowing me away. Maybe it's palate fatigue, but I don't think so. It's almost like the flavours aren't quite clear or defined enough, like watching a VHS on an old tv set when you're used to blu-ray and a 4K television. It gets better with a longer rest in the glass, but I still want more...(clarity?) from this whisky. It would be interesting to see what time and air exposure did to a full bottle of this. There's a lot of potential and lots of good flavours, but they don't feel fully integrated. Would I buy a bottle of this? Maybe, if the price was right, I would. I feel like time and air would bump this up 3 or 4 points for me.
@cricklewood That’s the set. These sample-reviews are challenging, regardless of whether it is a sample from someone else’s bottle or a pre-packaged 50ml sample. One taste of any whisky is, as has been mentioned, a snapshot in time. It can give readers a general overview, but it has to be put into context. If I own a full bottle of what I’m reviewing, I like to wait until at least half the bottle is gone, preferably giving me the chance to taste and update my notes at :
- freshly opened
- 1 week later
- 1 month later
- 3 months later
It might be interesting to write the notes this way, but I generally don’t do it like that, as it might be too long and tedious for readers. Heck, there are only 90-110 views of each blog post I do anyway...I don’t want to drive anyone away.
I feel the same way as you. I much prefer to try a whisky successively over a period of time to get a better understanding of it prior to review. It can often mean a few points up or down from my initial impression.
I will often state it in a review if all I've had is a sample.
That said multiple session reviews poses it's own set of challenges, trying to combine or pare down your notes and not ramble too long on a subject. From reading what people are looking for in a review on this forum and the stats on my blog you'd be hard pressed to pin down one unifying view on the subject
I find the blog stats funny, if I had a dollar for everytime a particular review was seen I could buy premium whisky. Others I wouldn't even be able to buy candy.