Tomatin 12 Year Old Single Malt
Howdy again! This write up will be about the Tomatin 12 year old single malt. This is a lovely little malt that I really enjoy on a regular basis. Let’s start getting in the know…
The bottle that I have is a 12 year old single malt whisky from the Tomatin distillery in the Highlands region of Scotland. The whisky is bottled at 43% alcohol by volume. The bottle states that it is finished in Spanish sherry casks. Let’s pour out a dram, shall we?
On pouring it out, we see that the dram has a pale, straw color to it. It is nice and clear. On swirling it around in the glass, we see a nice cling line with nice legs and late beading. Though it may appear to be pale, it is quite pretty in the glass.
Let’s nose it now. Undiluted, we immediately get dried fruits to the nose. Stewed fruits- like a nice fruit compote. The dry fruit notes include figs and sultana. The fruit compote notes include green apples, pears, fresh greens, with notes of vanilla and oak.
Tasting the Tomatin undiluted gives us several notes. Immediately, it feels crisp, clean and astringent on the palate. Notes of green apple and pear notes… almost like an apple soda. There are some notes of dried fruits like figs; as we sensed in the nosing. There is also a distinct malt flavor with some notes of nuts and charcoal.
Let’s add a little bit of water now and nose it once again. The dram opens up. There are stronger notes of fruit. Lots of fruit. And there is a decent helping of malt- which I personally love! On the palate, the diluted Tomatin moves away from the astringent feel to a silkier feel. There are more fruit notes detected now; even more stewed fruits.
The finish is clean, astringent and long. There are nice green apple notes on the palate in the finish. There are also some lasting fig and malt notes which is really nice.
Before I give you my verdict, I just want to say something…. I just want to say thank you SO much for reading my notebook. This truly means a lot to me and I truly appreciate it. I really enjoy sharing my love for this liquid and I hope that’s translated across the pages of my notebook. If you’ve liked what you’ve read, I ask that you share the love and let others know. They don’t need to be whisky lovers. They can also be like me, a beginner in the whisky journey. Thanks again. Now let’s get back to the dram!
So my verdict… I give this lovely malt a 93 out 100 points! I think it’s a lovely scotch and very easy to drink. This expression of Tomatin has won many, many awards. It is also very affordable making it even better! Those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I enjoy grilling outdoors. I recently had it with some barbecue chicken and it went very well with that. In fact, this dram is easy drinking for anytime in my opinion. It’s not overly complex. I just wonder about the sherry cask finish… are the fruit notes that I detected from that?
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