Tomatin 35 Years Old 1978/2013 (44.1%, Cadenheads, Small Batch, Bourbon HHs, 594 Bottles)

Tomatin 35 Years Old 1978 – Small Batch ~ 44.1% (Wm Cadenhead)

44.1% ABV, £160 for 70cl

Score: 85/100


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.
North Highland

Tomatin 35 official taste notes

Tomatin 35 Years Old Cadenhead Small Batch

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


Gold amber


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’

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