A Trio of Tomatins

Tomatin Distillery

That’s right; not one, not two, but three brand new Tomatin whiskies, with different age statements and maturation regimes. First off, I find it very refreshing that the youngest of the trio, a 2007 expression matured in Caribbean rum casks, comes with an actual age statement. It would have been really easy (and in today’s market, quite the norm) for them to have omitted that and instead released it as an NAS bottling. However, if, as a producer, you believe in the liquid and it tastes good then why not give that little bit of info to the consumer? Anyway, the other two expressions, a 2002 and a 1995 vintage, are finished in Cabernet Sauvignon and Oloroso sherry casks, respectively. Quite a variety.

Tomatin 2007
Caribbean Rum Cask
6600 bottles
46% ABV
£39.95 here

Nose: Banana, coconut, mango, passion fruit and pineapple. A tropical fruit punch! It’s sweet and juicy, with candy floss and melting marshmallows too.

Palate: Very soft, with vanilla icing, fresh laundry, floral notes, Edinburgh Rock and pick ‘n’ mix sweets. The oak comes through at the end, with sawdust and a chalky note.

Finish: Fruit gums with gentle oak tannins.

Tomatin 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique
2520 bottles
46% ABV
£69.95 here

Nose: Really syrupy, with plum jam, sticky dates, red berry jus, raspberry purée, tree resin and dark chocolate.

Palate: Rich and velvety – red currants, blackcurrant, raspberry, manuka honey and cinder toffee. There’s leathery, tannic note too, which gives good balance.

Finish: Cinnamon, oak and a sticky sweetness.

Tomatin 1995
Oloroso Sherry Cask
1800 bottles
46% ABV
£99.95 here

Nose: Exotic spice, rich honey and Demerara sugar to begin. Then there’s sultana cake, gingerbread and dark chocolate followed by treacle and golden syrup. Big but refined.

Palate: The exotic spices are back, alongside toffee, rum soaked raisins and sweet tannins. There’s a fruitiness too, with charred pineapple, apricot and cooking apple.

Finish: A lingering woodiness – cinnamon, cask stave and dry oak.

Overall: Three very different, and very tasty Tomatin whiskies. The 2007 Caribbean Cask is a real sweetie and very refreshing. Moving to the 2002, red wine finishes aren’t really my thing but this one works. The sticky sweetness would complement a dark chocolate cake really nicely. As for the 1995, I find it quite elegant, with good balance between the fruity, spicy and oaky flavours. Coupled with the recent rebrand Tomatin have done, I’m sure these three whiskies will be snapped up pretty sharpish. They look good, taste good and are priced competitively. What else does one need from a bottle of whisky?!



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