Highland single malt scotch whisky
43% ABV, RRP £24.99 for 70cl
What they say:
New to the market, this whisky is the brainchild of the new master distiller at Tomatin, released to showcase the recent changes in distillation practices and taking the pace of the new entry level Tomatin on the market. Reputed to be made from spirit matured in American virgin oak and bourbon casks [most likely previously holding Makers Mark, Buffalo trace or Four Roses] for less than 12 years [probably a range from 4 to 8 year maturations].
This whisky is light and delicate, true to traditional Tomatin style. However the introduction of Virgin Oak casks into the mix offers a new dimension with a vibrant and enticing sweetness.
Nose: Vanilla pods, marshmallow, sponge cake and fresh pineapple, mixed with citrus lemon and boiled sweets.
Taste: Light and delicate with a candy sweetness which is peppered with hints of pine. Lemon sherbet, pineapple and crunchy green apples with a touch of freshly baked sponge cake.
Finish: Clean, light and refreshing.
What I say:
Not bad entry level, a little green for me with some of the virgin oak character reminding me of sawdust and freshly cut wood.
Light yellow gold
Ripe bananas and Victoria sponge, like banana bread
Sweet and buttery with a hint of vanilla and spicy pepper tastes, a fizzy zing on the tongue
Shortish finish a little drying