An 18 year old from the Tomatin distillery, finished in Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts.
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The nose is quite punchy and of good body. There are notes of chewy grape and sultana with winter spice; cloves and cinnamon. There are notes of vanilla fudge and a most supple of smokes, weaving gracefully in cut grasses and apple peels. The palate is quite sweet and full. There are notes of barley sugar and honeycomb. Hints of chocolate orange and cocoa dusted liberally on a toasty oak. The finish is long and powerful with a dry, chewy oak and a touch of pepper.
Subtle But Brilliant
Non Chill Filtered
Complex and Cheap - A Real Bargain!
Right there on the bottle "non-chill filtered", surprised MOM doesn't highlight that. This is pretty great, all the fatty stuff from the non-chill filtration and a good chocolate essence all the way through. Very similar to 18's from Aberlour and Auchentoshan, but I'll give it the extra star for ncf and the extra 3% abv.
29th September 2014
This can be found stateside for around $55. For a complex, good tasting scotch, that is a steal. Try it neat, and then with some water. Snatch this up, you will not be disappointed.
4th July 2014
We live in a very unsubtle time, where instant gratification is demanded on all fronts. In the world of whisky, this is reflected in the prominence of whiskies such as most of the Islays that immediately grab you by the throat and seize your attention. While I love Islay whiskies too, it is too bad that whiskies of a more subdued mien such as this one are overlooked. Tomatin is not a sexy name or a distillery with a hot reputation, but it produces excellent whiskies, and this is probably the best of the batch. Somewhat cloaked and shy on the nose, but the palate picks up steam, and the finish lingers long and sweet. And the price is great too. So, give this one a chance, you peatheads, and you might be surprised.
22nd March 2014
Was at the liquor store and saw this 18 yr old bottle prices at $54.99 (same as the Laddie10), and thought to give it a shot. Had my bother and three of my mates over. Cracked it open and I was VERY pleased. Maybe I set my expectations low given the price, but it nailed it. The first sip is a bit harsh in the front, but the flavors on the pallet and the aftertaste just kept better and smoother. We ended up drinking the whole bottle. I never thought that the first phrase I use to describe an 18 yr old is BEST VALUE, but this one nailed it for sure. Tried on the rocks, and it is not nearly as flavorful as neat + stones.