Tomatin 1976/2011 The Whisky Agency
Some distilleries have signature vintage years. For Tomatin that’s 1976. Some legendary single casks have come from that year. Not that I would know from experience, I’ve never tasted one before. This sample from The Whisky Agency has been sitting in my sample drawer for a while now, and after my terrific experience during a tour at the distillery, it is high time I try my hand at a Tomatin 1976. This one has matured in a refill sherry cask.
Tomatin 1976/2011 (51,3%, The Whisky Agency, 309 bts.)
Nose: Oranges and apples, with a hint of caramel. A bit dusty, with wood shavings also. Pretty oaky actually. After that more fruit appears. Mango, tangerine. Also creamy vanilla.
Taste: Tropical fruit bomb. Wow! Peaches, grapefruit, lime and nectarine. Some spices, ginger and cinnamon. Also marzipan and vanilla.
Finish: Spicy and fruity. Long and drying.
Maybe not the most complex, but this Tomatin has some really intense flavours and is very rich. Loved it.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.