Review: Tomatin 12 Year Old Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years; Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Tomatin (Inverness, Scotland)

Tomatin is one of the few distilleries in Scotland to operate their own cooperage, though it doesn't supply all their cask needs. Another thing Tomatin does which few other distilleries do - they are fairly transparent about casks used in production. This twelve year old has been finished in sherry casks.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Spicy sherry on the nose, but I am getting a very bit of Sulphur too. Black pepper, apple, plum – rich. Melted cheddar cheese, overripe pear, vanilla, almond. The palate has vanilla, spices, some Sulphur, and a sweet, medium bodied malt with a touch of smoke on the end. Burnt match. The finish has dark fruit, some clove, and a light touch of woody smoke. I find it is quite complex, and balanced, but not that deep. The Sulphur is light, but when it rears its head in flashes it is not appealing to me.

Value: Average, at $56.