- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, re-charred French Oak
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 24 Oct 2019 3:14 pm by Vassago Clynelish
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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin Decades II
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.74 points
- Tomatin Decades II 2020, 46% and composed of five single malts from the distillery from five different decades. Therefore, this whisky can also be called single malt. The Decades II follows in the footsteps of its predecessor and doesn't have to shy away from comparison. They meet absolutely at eye level. What I like about this whisky is the incredible complexity and diversity that this whisky has to offer. Tropical fruits, delicate oak aromas and wonderfully light spices give the impression of having a fruit cocktail in a glass. For my personal taste, 48-50% alcohol would have been even better, since experience has shown that the flavors come into their own better. In addition, a whisky like this brings with it a bit of history and inspiration. Like that. I give 91 points and a clear buy recommendation.
The tomato flows amber in the nosing glass. And here it goes straight to the point. You can immediately hear tropical fruits such as apricots, papaya and mangoes, which come from the old bourbon barrels. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and hardly noticeable. Over time, the vanilla becomes clearer, followed by spices like cloves, cumin and almonds. A wonderful mix of everything. I like it very much, because everything is very well balanced and no aroma overlaps or even overwhelms the other.
The Decades is creamy on the tongue and takes a few seconds for the 46% to develop their full presence. The taste of the tomatin is a little bit spicy than the fruity nose. However, spice and fruit keep the balance. Mango, apricots and papayas form an elegant counterweight to the fine flavor of the sherry casks. After a while, notes of fresh wood shavings and cigar boxes come to light. The 46% is sufficient for a keg strength drinker, but a few percent by volume could bring out the aroma load even better.
The finish is medium long. At the beginning, the tropical fruit notes are still dominant, but then the spice notes push a little stronger and in the mouth aromas of white pepper, ginger and cloves or cumin are created. Hints of chocolate knock subtly, but also quickly disappear.
- without water, he definitely doesn't need it
Conclusion: Like the Decades I, a successful mix between young and old, the old malt give it depth, while the young breath it into life, almost make it vibrate. The only drawback is the only medium-long finish, here 2-4% more alcohol would have been better
it takes a few minutes in the glass, then it unfolds, creamy, lemon zest, lots of dried fruit (apricot, stone fruit, cherries), almond biscuits, mango, oriental spices (curry, cardamom), cloves, the oak splits into two layers ( fresh and gnarled, old oak), vanilla, all round, harmonious
creamy, almost oily, vanilla, tropical fruits, the oak is pleasantly reserved, great combination of spices
medium length, here the sherry barrels used come out more clearly for the first time, cherries, chocolate, nutty, oak with a nice combination of spices (cloves, nutmeg and a hint of curry)