For many the Tomatin 12 Year Old is a staple single malt whisky. I’m sure if I raided people’s whisky cabinets I would find quite a few people owning this bottle. Many consider it a great entry level single malt and a good recommendation for baby-steps towards sherried malts. Tomatin 12 Year Old is aged in ex-bourbon casks, and then finished for 6 to 9 months in Oloroso sherry casks, so the theory is that the sherry will be present without being overwhelming.
Tomatin 12 Year Old
I’ve purchased a few bottles of the Tomatin 12 Year Old in my time to enjoy as an easy to drink dram rather than a “tasting dram”. I don’t think I’ve ever written down any tasting notes for this dram… well let’s change that today.
In 2014 Tomatin decided to increase their bottling strength from 40%abv to 43%abv and then in 2016 gave their whole line-up a fresh, new design. I will be reviewing this newer design 43%abv edition.
Category: Single Malt
Bottle Code: L 15 06 16 3 22:58 BB
Mashibill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Ex-Bourbon Cask Matured & Finished in Ex-Oloroso Sherry Casks*
*Tomatin 12 is finished for 6 to 9 months in Ex-Oloroso sherry casks.
Review & Tasting Notes
Colour: Light Gold.
Nose: Starts with Cereal & oak. Lots of cereal. Then comes ripe apple and a bit of sourness. No big burst of fruit sweetness though.
Surprisingly I get vegetal mossy and iodine characters… which I didn’t get in the 40%abv… I like it.
After some time there’s a nice hit of spice (nutmeg) and some citrus (orange).
No noseburn at the new 43%abv, but it does smell fuller.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not as rich or oily as I was expecting but has a nice subtle dryness.
Palate: Lots of orange and brown sugar (candied oranges). Some raisins. Chocolate bitterness with a touch of sherry sweetness. Quite malty.
Finish: Dry, fresh finish. Short and clean. Raisins.
Tomatin 12 is a decent whisky, especially for the price. It’s has a really pleasant nose (but it may not suit all), it’s nicely balanced without being “smooth”. This is a pretty good example of ex-bourbon cask that is finished in sherry and I would consider it an easy drinking whisky.
While I have no tasting notes to compare back to the older edition of the Tomatin 12 Year Old, I can tell you that I prefer this edition. It seems that Tomatin are slowly improving their drams, while keeping the price approximately the same. That’s a good deal.