Tomatin 14 Yr Hungarian Oak Finish (Royal Mile Whiskies)
The second of a couple of reviews of Single Cask whisky releases by the Royal Mile Whiskies group, meaning they are available from either Royal Mile Whiskies or Drinkmonger stores or online.
Over the years Royal Mile Whiskies have done a number of exclusive bottlings and single casks and their Young Peaty Jura is still one of my all time favourite drams ever.
A really unusual dram this whisky, after being distilled in 1999, was matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon casks casks before being finished for 2 years in Hungarian Oak casks. Hungarian oak is a variant and doesnt actually mean oak from Hungary as many of the tress used are in Italy, Turkey etc and they are used for wine making giving a lovely oaky spicyness to the wine.
Well priced and available only from Royal Mile Whiskies this release of only 302 bottles is going to fly off the shelves, with at least one coming in my direction, this is a 100% must own bottle.
Many thanks to Chris from Royal Mile Whiskies for the official sample.
The first dip of my nose into the glass and i'm getting touches of freshly made caramel sauce and demerera sugar, there's a marzipan/almond nuttiness that comes after that and a touch of spice, particularly crushed ginger and nutmeg. As it is left longer in the glass it becomes creamier and tamer with the spices backing off and a more creamy/buttery note coming in.
Lovely usual Tomatin bourbon notes of sweet fruits and flora with vanilla, then a splattering of marzipan / crushed almonds and sweet glace cherries, with a twist of nutmeg
lovely soft glow that lasts and lasts, sweet almonds still in the mouth 90 seconds after sampling, this is glorious.