Glasgows Whisky Club - Tomatin Night
i've been looking to taste more whisky expressions recently so was looking at wasys of doing so and thus finally got round to joining Glasgow's Whisky Club at the end of February this year. March was a mental month though and i didn't make any tasting evenings, last night however i finally managed to get to one and made it along to the Tomatin night.
Our host and guide for the evening was Alistair Mutch who was full of enthusism and knowledge about the whisky, i always like tasting with people like Alistair who it's obvious he loves the whisky.
The range of Tomatin Whiskies we tried.
First up was the very new, only bottled and out to stores last week, Tomatin Legacy, a No Age Statement whisky from Tomatin aimed at being highly drinkable and priced to match at only £25.99 RRP. A mix of ex Bourbon and virgin oak casks in the make up of this one.
I really enjoyed this dram and will definitely be picking up a bottle in the coming weeks.
|Bottle Name||Tomatin Legacy|
|Nose||Initial notes of sweet chocolate covered toffee and sweet fruits, plum and nectarine with a touch of weetabix and lemon curd. After a while in the glass it becomes quite "new makey" which i really like.|
|Taste||sweet initially with fresh lemongrass and some ereal notes with more weetabix|
|Finish||lovely soft clean dram, i like this|
Tomatin 12 Year Old
Next up was the Tomatin 12 Year Old, one of the staple ones in the collection now, replacing the old Tomatin 10 year Old, this is produced by maturing Tomatin in bourbon casks for 11 and a half years then a sixx month finishing in Oloroso casks.
The weakest ABV wise of the night, Alistair did however say there are plans to move this to 43% which is an improvement although i'd like to see it at 46% and non chill filtered like the 18 Year Old.
|Bottle Name||Tomatin 12 Year Old|
|Nose||There are some sweet notes with fruity notes in here, sultanas and raisins covered in vanilla custard with sweet grass and some digestive biscuits.|
|Taste||Very sweet easy drinking more dried fruit with custard and sweet dewy grass with digestives, quite moreish|
|Finish||very easy to drink, smooth and lovely.|
Tomatin 15 Year Old
I had this dram previously as part of the #12dramsofxmas where day one was provided by the guys at Tomatin, i've not looked at my notes from then yet and just done how i felt last night. I do remember really liking the 15 last time and this was no different, a very nice dram indeed.
matured 100% in bourbon casks with no sherry influence this could only benefit from another 3% ABV and NCF but even the way it is, it's very very drinkable
|Bottle Name||Tomatin 15 Year Old15|
|Nose||Opens up with a lot of vanilla citrus lemon and lime peel and zest very easy to nose pleasant and slightly perfumey|
|Taste||touch of pepper kicks in but still lots of citrus notes to keep it fresh and a touch of plant leaf.|
|Finish||Nice finish with a peppery spicy tang|
Tomatin 18 Year Old
Another of the Tomatin range that i've had before, this time at the Whisky Fringe last year, it's a very nice dram and at 46% and Non chill filtered is the right way about it. It is matured for 16 years in bourbon casks before being finished for 2 years in Oloroso sherry casks.
This whisky has won many awards and deservedly so, a cracker of a dram.
|Bottle Name||Tomatin 18 Year Old|
|Nose||a lovely nose, starts almost tequila like but then goes very sweet with touches of rich fruity christmas cake with vanilla sauce and oak loaf.|
|Taste||oaky with touches of rich fruit cake and vanilla cream topping, yum|
|Finish||gentle oakyness that grows sweeter in the mouth|
Tomatin 30 Year Old
The old man of the range this lovely dram replaces the 25 Year Old and again is 46% and non chill filtered. At around £130 or less this dram is excellent vaalue for money for such an old fella and is a cracker tha deserves to be in peoples whisky cupboards.
|Bottle Name||Tomatin 30 Year Old15|
|Nose||Lovely sweet vanilla nose that opens up to pineapple and summer fruits, reminds me of some strawberry and lime ciders, with a gentle coating of vanilla.|
|Taste||massively fruity, this has a huge amount of tropical fruit with pineapple to the fore, like the little dried pineapple cubes you get in tropical fruit mix|
|Finish||lovely sweet finish that keeps the mouth watered - gorgeous.|
A great night and was great to catch up with some whisky friends i haven't see for a while, really enjoyed this tasting evening with some cracking drams from Tomatin, the 30 Year Old is well worth the money, it's a gorgeous dram. The 15 probably ranks second on my list as i love the bourbon character but the one that caught me off guard was the Tomatin Legacy, it may be quite young but it has a lot to offer, i will definitely be picking up a bottle of that.