Another Tomatin, this time a real beauty!
Distilled in 1978, this expression harks back to the time when the distillery was the largest in all of Scotland, in that oh so optimistic pre whisky loch times. Incidentally, the distillery announced in a press release this week the release of a regular 40 year old expression for travel retail, which would have been distilled in or before 1976.
Cadenhead’s Small Batch Tomatin 1978, 35 Year Old, Bourbon Hogsheads, Yield 594 Bottles (44.1%)
Appearance: Deep gold with beautifully symmetric legs.
Nose: Old deep honey with a hint of smoke, vanilla that’s almost cake icing and fresh, crisp sliced red apples and my sister in law Rona’s fruit juice sponge cake. After a while, hints of tropical fruit appear.
Palate: Full bodied and vibrant with honey and a mix of gentle spice mix. Creamy and just beautiful on the palate.
Linger: Sweet and slightly bitter and dry, with the bitterness dissipating leaving some unsalted butter or even butter cookies.
Gorgeous stuff, really a top dram.