Tomatin

Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442 ~ 46.8% (Douglas Laing)

Whisky Review: Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tomatin Distillery

Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular

ABV: 46.8%

Cost: £97.18 from Douglas Laing

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What they say:

Douglas Laing’s “Old Particular” is a particularly unique series of individually hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts’ and Single Cask Single Grains from all over Scotland. Each is bottled exactly the way the distiller intended: Without colouring, or chill-filtration. This Old Particular from the Tomatin Distillery, was distilled in 1994 and bottled after 20 long years spent maturing in a refill hogshead cask. One of only 282 bottles.

Tasting notes:

Clean and fresh on the nose with wonderful zesty lime, sweet spice and red fruit notes. More rich red fruits, combined with a malty, aniseed quality on the palate. A medium-long finish. Sharp yet full-bodied, moving to a dry oaky spiced character.

What I say:

During our visit to Douglas Laing HQ we sampled a Scallywag Mojito and a couple of aged Port Dundas before moving onto some single malt expressions. Tomatin (a favourite of Tom at Toms Whisky Reviews) was possibly an obvious choice and this 20 year old refill hogshead was sufficiently light enough to start with. It has been a while since I had sampled anything from Tomatin during which time they have re-branded/re-labelled their official bottlings.

Colour:

Light straw gold (3/20), oily thick legs and large tears

Nose:

Very fresh with citric lemon and lime, marshmallows, red apples, and hints of plum and red berries – a little sugary like jam

Taste:

Syrupy with honeyed red fruits; red apple, plum, strawberry and raspberry, some spice like fennel seed, anise seed/star anise

Finish:

Medium-long, bitter oak wood and liquorice, slightly sweet

Overall:

Again another highly drinkable dram from Douglas Laing but like the grain almost too easy to drink – that you’d almost miss the age in this dram, very light cask influence and where it does come out it was a little herbal and bitter with hints of aniseed and liquorice this reminded me of Pastis or Sambuca

Score: 84/100

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