Tomatin 35 Years Old 1978 – Small Batch ~ 44.1% (Wm Cadenhead)
44.1% ABV, £160 for 70cl
What they say:
Rhubarb, butterscotch and aniseed. Barley sugar and bubblegum
Strawberry tarts, banana sweets, chocolate covered raisins and icing sugar. A rather pleasing rich middle palate.
The ﬁnish mimics the taste and lasts for a very long time, leaving you wanting and demanding more.
What I say:
Turns out this is the Tomatin 35 Years Old Cadenhead Small Batch, bottled at cask strength of 44.1% ABV, costing £160/bottle, Distilled in 1978, matured in bourbon hogsheads and bottled in 2013 for a 594 bottle outturn
Sweet, slightly estery, pear drops, oak wood
Sweet, vanilla, treacle toffee-ish, oaky wood, bitter, like a charred cask matured whisky
Long and warming more oaky wood
Not too complex this tasted like an un-peated Islay malt or charred (alligator) cask speysider, there was distinctly a hint of something missing here, lots of oak and depth of flavour – but something missing.
Originally sampled at: Jolly Toper Tasting 10/04/2014 dubbed ‘The French Connection’