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One of the NAS offerings from Tomatin that allows the distillery to put to use some of its younger whiskies. Despite the lame marketing ploy to associate this dram with a legend of a hell hound (Cu Bocan), this is a very well made whisky that deserves serious attention. The nose is especially enjoyable. "Fully matured in virgin oak" states the label, and the oak influence is to the front through all phases of nosing and tasting. Not exactly "bourbony" but there is enough vanilla, honey/caramel and oak spice to at least suggest some similarities.
Nose: Light smoke and vanilla. Then dried herbs, mint and tobacco. Malt and honey. Fresh sawn oak. This is a very nice nose with which to spend some time.
Palate: Very light and satiny with the sugars (honey and malt) arriving together with a complementary array of spices. This results in a nice sweet/spice interplay at mid-palate. Oak tannins now make a more marked influence and dries things out. Chewy.
Finish: The oak tannins are prominent but the sugars still hang around enough to make for a balanced finish.