Dunnage warehouse!!! I actually have this point of reference down since my Islay experience and visiting many warehouses. And this nose is full of it on first sniff. That alcohol maturing, oak, pleasant damp air of glorious Whisky angels feasting! Sorry! It’s awesome. :-). Second sniff. Light smoky wafts. Twig bonfire and earthy peat smoke. Deeper sniffs and where onto the spicy fruitcake influence of the sherry butts. Lots of rum and raisin. Fruitcake mix. Dry fruit. Cherries. Nuts. Lots of nuts amongst the alcohol soaked fruit. This is closest to Christmas cake I’ve had on the nose in a long time. Cinnamon, pepper, a touch of aniseed. Lots of complexity.
Spicy arrival, little bit of heat from the 46%. As it calms we have an abundance of dried fruit, raisin, plum, cherries. Then the spiciness kicks it up a gear with the pepper, cinnamon and a touch of cardamom, the nuttiness then comes through with those spices and provides some nut skin and nut oil texture to the experience. Lots of sherry influence.
Medium finish. Lots of nuts, some caramel, a touch of saltiness. Dried fruit, then drying out with a touch of cocoa. A slight touch of dry/charred grass.
4/5 drops added. The smoke is more concentrated on the medicinal, lighter style now, with the fruit and nut also diluted with the water in favour of some vanilla and floral characteristics coming through. The palate reflects this lighter nose, and adds the floral in, some rose water, lighter confectionary sugar notes, making the dram more accessible and less punchy. The finish is sweet, sugary, light and warming. Very nice, but preferred undiluted for me.
A grand entry into the Tomatin stable. This is a great Christmas Whisky with all the lovely sherried notes which remind me of a good old winter’s dram.
Much thanks to Tomatin for the review sample.