Monday, February 23, 2015

Whisky Review: Tomatin 11 Year/2002 Cask Strength for Edina Liquor

Tomatin is a distillery that until recently was known more for being another semi-anonymous Speyside distillery producing malt for blends. However, there has been a major push over the last few years to upgrade their line of single malts. As part of that push, they have occasionally bottled single casks for retailers, including a clutch of them in Minnesota.

This first-fill ex-bourbon cask (#1830) was bottled for Edina Liquors by Tomatin at its full strength - 53.7% - without coloring or chill filtration.

Thanks to MAO for the sample.

Tomatin 11 Year/2002 Cask Strength

Nose: pears (fruit and skin), green grapes, raspberries, lots of biscuit-y green malt, Cream of Wheat, musky toasted oak, strong lemon/lime peel, vanilla. After adding a few drops of water, it becomes softer, with a bit of orange peel peeking out, and more new make character.

Taste: fairly immature up front with lots of sweet green malt, new make notes, and citrus, fading into some fresh oak, floral esters, citrus floor polish, and vegetal notes, rather hot throughout. After dilution, it becomes softer and sweeter, with less new make, while the citrus notes gain some berry character, the oak fades and integrates with the malt, and is - if anything - even hotter.

Finish: malty, green/vegetal notes, very light oak

It is perhaps unsurprising from my notes that this one doesn't do much for me. As MAO noted, it should appeal to people who enjoy Glenlivet Nadurra, which is another one that I'm not terribly fond of. Which is to say that this is a particular style that doesn't work for me, but doesn't mean that it's a bad whisky. If this style works for you and you can't make it out to Edina, Ace Spirits has another single cask from the same lot at a rather reasonable $45.

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