The Schtick: This is the 18 year old expression of Tomatin’s core range. Initially matured in bourbon, it is moved to Oloroso sherry butts for finishing.
ABV: 46% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Nose: Rich honey, figs, apples, dates, cherry and currant. Really rich sherry notes here. Moist pipe tobacco. Honey, amaretto, vanilla.
Taste: Medium, no heat. Rich sweet sherry. This is what I was hoping for in previous expressions. Musty pipe tobacco. Currant, blackberry, light earthiness. Faint cocoa, light pepper. The sherry here is quite apparent compared to the 12 and 15.
Finish: Long, sweet, rich. Honey, almonds, figs, currant, musty sweetness. Tobacco is really apparent.
Overall: Skip the 12 and the 15. Buy this instead and drink half as much. Remarkable improvements over the other two. Good stuff.
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7 Most Recent Tomatin Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #156. Tomatin 12yr
- Review #196. Tomatin 12yr Cuatro PX
- Review #1187. Tomatin 12
- Review #320. Tomatin 12yr Cask Strength
- Review #1020. Tomatin Single Cask 11yr, Twin Liquors Selection
- Review #670. Tomatin 12yr Ex-bourbon SIngle Cask, Ace Spirits Selection
- Review #878. Tomatin 14yr Port Cask
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect