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Several years ago, I tried the Tomatin 25 Year Old, right before it was replaced by the 30 Year Old. It was a bottling from 2009 and I thought it was great. But now I got the chance to try an older one from 2006. I will not let that pass me by.
Very fruity nose with all kinds of citrus (oranges and mandarin, but also a slice of grapefruit), pineapple and quite some kiwi. I envision myself on a tropical island. Surprisingly waxy, like you often get with Clynelish. Hint of roasted nuts. Something candy-like, but it’s hard to pin it down. Lovely!
Midly spicy, but immediately very fruity on the plate. Loads of honey. Soft bitterness from the oak, which balances wonderfully with the sweet fruit. Pineapple and kiwi in the lead. It has a mildly drying effect like from a fruit tea. Despite the modest ABV, is has a good bite. Midpalate I get a hint of nuts and even some marzipan. Towards the end, the candy returns. I am now reminded of wine gums. Or Haribo bears, you know? It works wonders. This is good.
Fairly long finish, in which the fruit shows itself once more, before the oak takes over and makes it die a drying death.
It a little drier than previous bottlings, but nevertheless a grand Tomatin. Thank you, Peter from Anverness, for the sample.