Whisky Review – Tomatin Legacy

Tomatin Legacy
43% ABV
Matured in ex-bourbon and virgin oak barrels
Tomatin Legacy is £23.00 available from Whisky Galore at The Green Welly Stop

Nose.

Sweet Malty biscuit, cereal. A good dose of Vanilla. Light piney wood. Light Citrus, lemon, pineapple. A light and creamy impression overall. Some dusting sugar. Cinnamon. A touch of pepper.

Palate.

Light and crisp. Vanilla, gentle citrus juice and peel. Apples. Mild honey and cream custard. Some peppery kick mid development. Mouthfeel is quite thick and coating. Don’t know if this is non-chill filtered, but I would say it isn’t heavily filtered. Any colouring? Hard to say, but if there is, it is minuscule.

Finish.

Spicy pine wood, creamy custard, malt biscuits. Reasonably short, but very clean and moreish.

Adding water.

Doesn’t really need water, but trying anyway. Wow. The nose has More citrus and pineapple. With added depth of oak. Really sniffable this malt. More touches of pine. On the palate the mouthfeel is reduced significantly, with the taste lighter, but more concentrated on the fruit. The finish is still nicely creamy and compulsive. Is it my imagination or a little haze in the liquid…hmmmm. 🙂 if too much water is added a bitterness is apparent mid development. So go careful with the h2o.

Conclusion.

For a NAS entry level malt, this is really good quality stuff. Some youth is evident, but it is very very nice, moreish, tasty, clean, lovely stuff. The use of a combination of bourbon and virgin oak is noticeable and really works to make this dram so very special. Value for money is amazing, your getting quite a bit of complexity, very quaffable, and intriguing malt, which you can explore or just plain enjoy. Tomatin is relatively unknown as a single malt to many, so undeserved. This is really very good indeed.

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Whisky Review – Teeling 21 Year Old Single Malt Silver Reserve Whiskey

Teeling 21 Year Old Single Malt Silver Reserve Whiskey
46% ABV
Non-chill Filtered
No added colouring
Limited to 5000 bottles
£127.95 from MasterOfMalt

This older aged Whiskey was married together in Sauternes (a very sweet French desert wine) casks. This was my favourite whisk(e)y of Whisky Live London 2014. Let’s see if it’s as I remember.

Nose.

The Sauternes comes through sweetly and gently, then with wafts of smokey oak and pipe tobacco. This is rich, obvious age, with polish, leather and tobacco box cedar wood. Invading of the nostrils in a fulfilling and deep way. The fruit is predominantly cherry, raisin, all of which are surrounded with a dusty air of cinnamon sugar. There is a little liquorice to the wood and some talcum powder. With time in the glass there is vanilla sponge cake with butter cream icing. Bloody complex and just makes me wonder why they don’t make fragrances or room sprays like this. It’s glorious. I could stay here with my nose in this glass for ever!

Palate.

Sweet, deftly intense. Dry dark fruits, raisin, cherry, cherry stones, stewed berries, strawberry. Sweet tobacco, brown roasted caramelised sugar. Complex subtle spices, all spice, pepper, Chinese 5 spice. A little hoisin plum sauce. Some meaty elements also. Really engaging and a great depth to this malt.

Finish.

Long, sweet, intense sugared oak, anise, drying out to oak chips. Some meatiness continues into the finish. Very long and substantial.

Adding water.

I really do not want to add water as I’m enjoying it too much…bit I will put a small drop into my last few sips. The nose now comes with more spicy intensity, a little more talcum powder. The palate is sweeter, hints of white chocolate, but some of the other notes are missing now. The finish reflects these changes. So, I can’t decide. With water, this dram has differences which are altogether very excellent, better or worse than undiluted. Well, in all honesty I didn’t leave enough for the diluted experience, I was enjoying the undiluted too much. Maybe another sample please?! 🙂 I think I probably just need to buy this!

Conclusion.

Oh yeah, I knew I liked this one at WL for a reason, just didn’t realise so many of those reasons until sitting down and spending some time with it. This is a rewarding, deep, delectable whiskey. I think it feels older than 21, there is a lot of age, but not overwhelmed by the oak influences. It’s rich, and has a real feel good factor. The nose is out of this world and the rest of the experience is particularly stellar also. It is of a higher value for a 21 year old whiskey. But it is worth it. If you can afford it do not bloody hesitate. There are not that many out there.

I long to try the new older expressions that Teeling have just released. A 26 year old and a very limited 30 year old. One day…one day.

Great thanks to Teeling for providing the review sample. I’ve had a massive day of Teeling whiskey, and while I can’t get used to adding the e in whiskey, I am completely smitten. Awesome drams. Can’t wait to savour the next releases.

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Whisky Review – Teeling Small Batch Whiskey

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
46% ABV
Non-chill Filtered
No added colouring
£31.75 from MasterOfMalt

This small batch Irish whiskey is finished in ex-Flor de Cana Rum casks.

Nose.

Sweet, fruity. Orangey. Very different to other fruity drams though. Sweet citrus. Sweet ginger. Pepper. The fruits are quite boiled up with lots of sugar. Jammy. Marmalade, but without any bitter edges. With time in the glass more spiced apples and red fruits all jammed up in a lovely chutney of fruitiness.

Palate.

Sweet and dry. Drier than I thought it would be. Very fruity, a little bit of bitterness mid-development. Arrival has some hot spices, pepper, chilli, ginger, some light sugars to those spices. The complex fruit jam mix continues all the way through arrival/development and into the finish. Apples, oranges, lemon, red berries. Lots of jams without the bits. With further sips some creaminess comes in, it’s a real mixed fruit pie with custard whiskey!

Finish.

Light, crisp, fruity medium length finish. With some jammy sweets hanging around at the end and some spicy drying oak moments. A little creaminess and chest hugging warmth. Slight bitter tannins at the very end.

Adding water.

Couple of drops. The hotter spices on the nose are more calmed down now, which allows more of the fruity depths to be experienced. The palate is also fruitier, slightly sweeter, with the previous bitter mid-development less so prominent. Very chewy, lots of oiliness in the mouthfeel. Awesome stuff. The diluted finish is still very crisp, inviting and moreish. Creaminess still very much the end finale, again with the tannins toned down. This dram benefits greatly from a small drop of water.

Conclusion.

This blended jam is excellent! So much fruit is going on in this dram it’s quite overwhelming and much time can be taken to deconstruct its parts. Or if the mood is more enjoyment, it is more than amply perfect to do that as well. A very excellent sipping whiskey, lots to do here, and much to enjoy.

Great thanks to Teeling for providing the review sample.

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Whisky Review – Teeling Single Grain Whiskey

Teeling Single Grain Whiskey
46% ABV
Non-chill Filtered
No added colouring
£38.75 from MasterOfMalt

Teeling’s single grain whiskey is finished in Californian red wine casks, imparting some extra fruity flavours and a little reddish hew to the colour. Presented in a craft manner (46%, no chill filtration, no added colorant) this whiskey (please note the e is correct for Irish whiskey as opposed to Scottish Whisky) is one I have been looking forward to spending some real time with. Here we go.

Nose.

Oooo, it’s a winesky. The first thing that hits is the pungent grapes and red berry fruits, along with some jelly sweets, haribo! Very sumptuous. Their is a youth and spirit then coming through, with waves of creamy grain. It’s very sticky, coating the glass. Some hot pepper and ginger spices. A touch of oak. Then some more gummy bears. There’s a slight note of charred wood. Some sweet liquorice. A very complex nose which time can be truly lost with.

Palate.

Spicy and sweet. Creamy, buttery popcorn. The fruit is hidden behind waves of butter and creamy grain, but it is definitely there. Red fruits dancing in the distance. Some aniseed spice along with the warmth of ginger and pepper. This is a youngish Whiskey, but well matured. And tasty with it. Touches of orange and citrus in late development. There’s a little old fashioned bubblegum hanging around as well. And with further sips, more of the wine influence is popping in and out. Complex, changes with every sip. A beautiful creamy, and coating mouthfeel.

Finish.

Quite long, buttery vanilla creams, bubblegum, smidge of wood, dry at the end. Subtle dryness with that pure butter background long after the flavour fades.

Adding water.

A few drops added. The nose has more of a tamed, creaminess now. The fruit taken more into the background. The palate reflects the new nose, creamy and buttery. The finish again, creamy and buttery grain. My personal opinion. Water kills the experience of this one a little. It does not need it.

Conclusion.

This is gooood. It’s young and has a little vibrance, but it is so very tasty, and different to your normal whisk(e)y drinking experience. I bought a bottle of this shortly after trying it at WL 2014, not opened yet, but I feel it will be very soon. Proper class stuff. Very complex and ever changing, this is a whiskey that will not bore you. It’s fantastic, but stay away from water or ice. This dram does NOT need it.

Great thanks to Teeling for providing the review sample.

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