This week is going to feature quite a few newly released NAS whiskies. But I am happy to say the NAS I am reviewing are really nice ones, well priced (you know, relatively) and are of very good quality, so not many rants on my side. When the whisky is good and not over the top, no need for further comment… Just hoping more distilleries produce the same quality of whisky, NAS or not..
The first whisky I am reviewing is the new Tomatin Cask Strength Release. Bottled at 57.5% , aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry (Oloroso) casks, and priced at 50 quid (expect cheaper prices on some sites). The whisky is NCF (no chill filtration) and bottled at its naturally colour (without the addition of nasty Caramel). Just like we like it, right? – good on Tomatin!
I am a big fan of the Tomatin 12 year old, a really great dram at an affordable price, showing maturity, balance and complexity. In fact it’s one of the best whiskies you can get locally for under 160 NIS (under 40 EUR / 27 Pounds), and for that price, it’s a steal. Let’s see how the new expression will compare, being younger than the 12 (probably I must say, since no age is indicated).
Nose: Vanilla ice cream on top of lotus biscuits (caramelized sugar biscuits) with a twist of ripe orange zest , pepper and vanilla flavoured icing sugar. Damp wood and walnuts and also a hint of freshly cut parsley leaves.
Palate: Thick and lively with freshly crushed Peppercorns, ginger and some orchard fruit in addition to chocolate soufflé, cherries and nuts. Maybe a hint of cinnamon and baked apple.
Finish: Chocolate mousse. Nuts and a hint of smoke.
I really like this whisky. It feels much more mature than its age, solid, and displays complexity, a great full body, and a nose I could sniff on and on. I would have never guessed this is a quite young Tomatin, and for that they really deserve all the compliments. Well done guys, You’ve produced a brilliant dram. It really is in the same big league as other great NAS offering from Aberlour, Glendronach, and Glenfarclas, just with a lovely Highland twist. Good stuff. I definetly want one on my whisky shelf, I strongly recommend you try some too. Well worth it. IMHO.
Official sample provided by Tomatin
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