‘Fidra’ Tomatin 19 Year Old 1994 (Lockett Bros)

55.5% ABV, £69.99 for 70cl

Score: 85/100

What they say:

Available from Lockett Bros, North Berwick (and online) http://www.lockettbros.co.uk/shop/fidra-tomatin-19yo/

A sweet, buttery Tomatin, distilled in 1994 and aged in a refill hogshead for 19 years before bottling in November 2013. A lovely little 20cl bottle in the latest in our Island series.

Distilled 02/11/1994

Bottled 04/11/2013

Cask type: Hogshead

Cask No.: 12351

Cask Strength 55.5%

Nose: Spiced, vanilla, potpourri, marmalade, bread and butter pudding.

Palate: Cinnamon, nougat, coconut ice, a little peach nectar.

Finish: Spiced and long with citrus zest and peppermint.

Tomatin 19 Year Old 1994 Fidra Lockett Bros

What I say:

Another excellent offering from the Keith, Chris & Graham at Lockett Bros, Keith showed us the empty barrels that they got to keep after bottling the latest island series. My favourite on sampling them in the store was the latest ‘Bass’ bottling 24 year old Bunnahabhain. I couldn’t resist a cheeky wee bottle of this Tomatin at 19 Years Old though. I have pretty much sampled the complete range of original bottlings from Tomatin having visited the distillery and also been treated to a tasting event (read all about it here: Tomatin whisky tasting masterclass at Wood Winters). I had not as yet come across an independent bottling of Tomatin and was intrigued at sampling this, especially at cask strength,  and comparing it to their 15 and 18 Year old OB’s.

Colour:

Full gold

Nose:

New paint and nail polish at first revealing its cask strength nature, sweet and gentle aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine flowers  become increasingly woody

Taste:

Warming, malted cereal barley, honey and golden syrup sweetness and sugary wood a little fruity grapefruit pith and zest give way to more oak wood, pineapple, vanilla and coconut

Finish:

Fruity and mouth-watering with hints of tropical fruits

Would I buy it again:

Absolutely, this is a very fine Tomatin expression revealing some of the tropical fruit character that is a signature of their distillate, combined with a little more oaked ageing to develop slightly thicker and creamier vanilla and coconut flavours from the bourbon cask. Very drinkable at cask strength, this one was so smooth it did not need water. The Tomatin 18 year old is a sherried bottling and so has little to draw comparison. This 19 Year Old Fidra bottling by Lockett Bros is similar to the Tomatin 15 Year Old OB that has been extra-matured for a further 4 years. With this extra-maturation comes a temperance of the fruit flavours and a balance leaving a pineapple and coconut cream (pina-colada) smoothness that is delicious.