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The story behind this Tomatin comes from the legend of a spectral dog, Cù Bòcan, who has haunted the Highland village for countless years. It was once seen by a distillery worker who, after initially running away, felt compelled to touch the dog's fur. As he reached out his hand, the dog dissipated into a plume of ghostly smoke over the moorlands...
For one week every year, the Highland distillery makes a peated whisky instead of their traditionally unpeated expressions. This ghostly edition has been peated to 15ppm and matured in a mix of virgin oak, bourbon and sherry casks. Don't worry about it evaporating after touching it though. We're sure that's just an old wives' tale. Hopefully.
Nose: A springy citrus blend of oranges and grapefruits which leads into a fresh, floral bloom.
Palate: Smoke starts to seep through slowly, growing ever so slightly the longer it's on the tongue. Subtle sweet chillies pop up, as well as a nutty note or two.
Finish: Medium, with a final flash of the spectral smoke.
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I Love Tomatin.. and love peat.. cant go wrong with this one i thought but i was so wrong. Good smoke on both nose and palate . Som citrusy notes and som nuttieness ..but it lacks depth... Put your money on the 18 year old or if you want a fruity smokey one try Benriach 17 Solistice
27th December 2016
I was bought a bottle of this for my birthday. I must concur with the previous review about the complexity of it as I am also an Islay lover. Also, do not be put off by its NAS status. I am usually quite suspicious of NAS whisky but heartily recommend this.
27th September 2016
I am an Islay lover, so to find a highland with as much complexity was a treat. I think the description in the "Mystical dram" review is right on and cannot be improved upon. A smooth easy drinking whisky. I prefer it neat.
6th January 2016
This thin bodied dram has got a beatiful full gold color to it. The nose represents a noteable floral expression, accompanied by hints of grass. The palate is quite pronounced with smokey characteristics. It doesn't offend, it invites. The finish is smooth, a tad short though, adding some more smoke and a faint peat feeling in the background.All in all a sublime drink, powered by it's mystical background. The supreme presentation of both the box and the bottle makes this whisky a great experience.(RB)
29th August 2014
At a recent whisky festival in Inverness, after sampling (too many) different whiskies this was the one I went back for.I enjoy easy to drink malts rather than the more extreme peaty or smoky variety and this fits the bill to perfection. I am not an expert so do not use all their over elaborate flowery descriptions. Quite simply, this is an extremely nice dram, especially with a few drops of water.I will be buying it again.
2nd July 2014