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On April 30th 2010, I was introduced to the Carn Mor Vintage Collection from the Scottish Liqueur Center. The series consists 24 different malts from 24 different casks, 24 distilleries and 24 different years of distillation. They are unique in the sense that they are all sold at 46% ABV in small 20cl bottles, non chill filtered and non coloured. I am trying the Tomatin from 1987, bottled in 2006.
The nose is pretty sharp, despite the fact that it is bottled at ‘only’ 46% ABV. Light in fruits, but not at all as exotic as I have come to expect from Tomatin. A lot of lemon zeste and a few slices of pineapple. To sour to be really enjoyable. Some plaster?
On the palate, I am confronted with an almost artificial sweetness that I cannot link to fruit. Pineapple, sure, but in candid form. Camphor and a touch of cardboard. I must say, this is more like lemon geneva than single malt to me. Pity.
The finish is long on citric acid.
The nose was okayish, but tastewise, this Tomatin is a letdown. A 20cl bottle is around 20 to 25 EUR if memory serves. No a great loss.