Single malt

Tomatin 15 Years Old 2003 Moscatel (46%, OB, 6000 Bottles, 2018)

Tomatin 15 Years Old 2003 Moscatel

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 15 Years old
  • Bottling: OB, Moscatel Cask Finish
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £77.94
  • Origin: Tomatin distillery
  • Vintage: 2003

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What they say

Time in traditional oak casks and Moscatel wine barriques has brought warm flavours of toasted citrus spices and sun-dried fruits, rounded off with a sweet, creamy finish.

  • Interesting and unusual cask maturation
  • Non-chill filtered and natural colour
  • Distilled in 2003, moved to Moscatel barriques in 2013, finished for 5 years.
  • Aged 15 Years
  • Available from specialist retailers throughout the UK
  • Just over 6000 bottles available

What I say

It has been quite a while since I have sampled an official Tomatin, probably during or shortly after my last visit to the distillery. Their core range seems to be quite stable now in their new bottle design/packaging. This was a limited edition / experimental cask finish of which I hope there is plenty more in the future.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark bronze (12/20), slow, medium-fine tears, medium legs.
  • Nose: Perfumed, cereals, stone fruits, a touch rubbery, waxy, candied citrus peel, soft brown sugar, fudge, apricot & mango, golden syrup.
  • Taste: Sweet vanilla fudge, caramel, a touch of salted caramel ice-cream, chopped mixed nuts; macadamia, hazelnut, blonde chocolate, apricot & apple puree, orange zest and tannic oak wood.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, peach skin, walnut, a little vaporous.

Overall

Flavourful and rich, balanced sweetness and oak and some lovely bright fruits in here. Tomatin’s spirit is quite delicate  and this enhancement complements it well.

Score 86/100

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