Dram Review: The Whisky Agency & The Nectar Tomatin Aged 45 Years

[46.1%・45 Years Old・Distilled in 1966・Bottled Circa 2011・The Whisky Agency and The Nectar Joint Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Leather and stewed dark fruits, all signs of a well aged dram.  There is perhaps a hint of rubber in the mix of forest berries and violets.

Palate & Finish:

Gorgeous burst of red cherries on a sweet, creamy mouthfeel, dusted with black tea, dark chocolate and finish off with a glaze of burnt dark syrup.

A well constructed tail of crushed berries and bitter tannins.

Thoughts:

I think this is good now but would have been a little bit more special had it been bottled a few years prior, just seems to have lost a bit of vibrancy..

45 years is a long time to age a whisky, and for most whiskies it’s probably a bit much.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: The School of Malt Tomatin Aged 34 Years

[51.3%・34 Years Old・Distilled in 1976・Bottled in 2011・Whisk-e Bottling・Limited Release] 

Nose:

Wet with stickily sweet notes, poached pears, thic honey, toffee apples, strawberry preserve, Vienna almonds and to put it over the top, simmering brown sugar really putting on a show.

Palate & Finish:

Dripping with honey and sweetened almond nibs, warm saucy fruits of poached figs and burnt oranges with a heavier than expected presence of malty digestive biscuits.

A woody and tannic bite in the finish, with some milk chocolate wrapped raisins to ease things out.

Thoughts:

A liquid interpretation of Lizzo’s Juice, it’s a bit much but can you really blame it on the juice?

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

Whisky Review: Tomatin Cù Bòcan Vintage 2005

 

Style: Fruity and Lightly Peated

Nose:

Interlude of white vinegar descends into undertone as ripe autumn apples take over on the nose. Faint but consistent peat smoke runs on the edges of spices and combines with the acidity to give a sharp, stimulating touch. Vanilla ice cream and a hint of rice pudding sitting at the bottom with a rather shy malt.

Palate:

Sweet apples on apple crumble supported by near-elusive peat smoke. Oranges and juicy malt unfolded and shining through nicely in the middle. Honeydew notes emerge overtime, spice remains sharp and focused at the back. A light cereal tail with honey oak.

Finish:

Peat smoke stains on oak staves, tannins, honey malt biscuits with a touch of summer melons and chocolate pudding to finish.

Thoughts:

Tomatin on the ripe fruity side sharpened by rebellious spices. Quite sweet as the malty notes stand out in mid palate. Personally I feel Cu Bocan is a good direction to go, as peat does give an extra coat of flavour and bulk up the body. Nice project and my guess is we will see more Cu Bocan(s) in the future.

[50% • 2016 • Original Bottling • Limited Edition • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • 11400 Bottles • Aged 11 Years • x]

-Esmond