We have become great fans of Tomatin at LivingRoom Whisky. We have met Alastair – their brand ambassador – several times over the past year and have tasted their core range vertically and also had the pleasure of attending a masterclass with them at the Chester Whisky Festival. We were also priviliged to have a couple of bottles of their 15 year old malt on our own stand at Whisky Birmingham and it went down exceptionally well with the punters! We were delighted then to receive an advance sample of their brand new release – The Tomatin Legacy. This whisky sees the trend in No Aged Statement (NAS) whiskies continue and is a vatting of bourbon barrels and virgin oak casks. It is bottled at the slightly higher than standard percentage of 43% and at the very affordable price of £25.99.
On the nose the whisky was very summery (unlike the rather Baltic weather I was experiencing in Keswick; -17 on the hills!) with buttery cream and vanilla coming through strongly with some freshly squeezed lemon notes. There was a very strong (squashed) banana scent, almost with an icing sugar coating as it begins to be grilled. This dissapated to leave a combination of pine cones and some slightly sweet play dough.
The palate was a lovely interchange of vanilla pods and sponge cake mixture before I was hit with the slightly aniseed and liqourice combination of blackjack penny sweets and marshmallows. The whisky was quite hot in the mouth as some freshly ground pepper came to the fore – a delightful combination. The finish was spicey and enjoyable as the heat rose and faded to the death.
This is a lovely whisky and at £25.99 is an absolute steal. Do not let the fact that it is NAS put you off; the cask selection has worked extremely well and the final spirit is delicious. This is a whisky I would recommend and I will be putting my hand in my pocket to buy a bottle. Great stuff!
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