It’s been a while since we had Tomatin in our glass. While some distilleries have this continuous bombardment of releases, Tomatin seems to stay a little in the background, at least from where I’m standing.
This Tomatin 1999 is a single Pedro Ximénez cask exclusive to DeinWhisky in Germany.
Tomatin 21 yo 1999 (54,8%, OB for DeinWhisky.de 2021, Pedro Ximénez sherry butt #34094, 651 btl.)
Nose: sweet and fruity. The sherry brought raisins of course, but also strawberries, blackcurrants, ripe melons, fudge and orange cake. Brown sugar and cinnamon pastry. Hints of leather and some dusty, herbal oak in the background. Subtle speculoos as well. The great thing is that the PX doesn’t overpower in any way.
Mouth: oily, with a similar balance of dark sweetness and oak spice. Milk chocolate, hints of cassis and caramelized apples, then plenty of chestnut honey and bittersweet espresso with sugar. Tobacco, black pepper and herbal wood.
Finish: long and warming, still with this bittersweet note. Brown sugar and herbs, as well as some cocoa and pepper.
This Pedro Ximénez cask left plenty of room for the full-bodied spirit and the oak spice to shine through. A really good Tomatin with a fairly high complexity. Around € 200, exclusively from DeinWhisky.de