Tomatin Cask Strength is a limited release, launched a couple of weeks ago alongside the Tomatin Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak.
It was matured in a combination of bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.
Tomatin Cask Strength (57,5%, OB 2015, Batch #1, 15.000 btl.)
Nose: starts a bit closed, in the sense that it’s mostly malt, vanilla and vague stewed fruits. Yellow raisins and golden syrup. Quite some milky toffee as well. There’s a bit of an alcohol prickle, which doesn’t help. Not bad, but youngish and I’m missing some of the Tomatin sparkle.
Mouth: good body, malty sweetness again, with some marzipan and orange candy. Baked apple. Hints of leather. Plenty of pepper, grasses and ginger now. Evolves on nutty notes and nutmeg.
Finish: long, spicy, with lingering vanilla and zests.
I’m afraid I don’t really see an added value in having this one at cask strength. Actually it seems to block some of the flavours and doesn’t manage to hide its youth. Around € 50.