Tomatin 12 Years Old 2003 Distillery Exclusive (57.7%, OB, Sherry Cask #2036, 2015)
- Highland single malt scotch whisky
- 57.7% ABV, £85 for 70cl
- Score: 82/100
What they say:
Distilled in 2002 at the Tomatin distillery, this bottle-your-own expression is exclusively available at the Tomatin distillery visitor centre. Matured for 12 years in an ex-Sherry cask #2036.
What I say:
Sampled in 2014 when this was 12 years old and only a 2 bottles remained for sale at the distillery as this cask was empty / soon to be replaced.
Amber rose gold (12/20), medium/heavy tears
Spicy, sweet, red fruits, figs, mixed peel, fruit cake, rum toft, zesty orange, tangerine, apricot, nutmeg, barley flour/grist, flaked toasted almonds, tropical pineapple and banana, shoe leather
Spiced mixed peel, rum or brandy soaked raisins, cinnamon and chilli pepper spices, orange barley sugar sweeties, almond oil and hints of aniseed?
Medium, hot/warming, sweet & sour, pineapple fruit and tannins
During the WOLS Highland trip 2014 we stopped off at the Tomatin distillery for a tasting (as we didn’t have time to complete the full tour). During the tasting we sampled both of the distillery exclusive bottle-your-own expressions. This slightly older sherry cask-matured example was favoured slightly less than the Bourbon Cask (#1903) bottle-your-own expression.