Tomatin 21 yo (52%, OB, casks #31648 to 31654, 2400 bottles, +/- 2010)
Colour: gold. Nose: it’s not an ueberfruity Tomatin such as the old
ones that we enjoy so much, it’s rather an austere one, grassy and
vegetal, that displays unexpected notes of vegetables such as artichokes
or asparagus beyond quite some vanilla. I know that sounds unlikely but
it’s actually very nice, not only because it’s ‘different’. Very
straight grassiness. With water: becomes extremely flinty, almost
chalky. Whiffs of leaven, then fresh parsley. Again, quite unusual but I
like this a lot. Mouth (neat): much more sweetness than in the nose and
a great creaminess. Coconut, vanilla, marzipan, sap, black raisins
(suggests sherry)… All good! With water: gets slightly thinner but the
profile is quite perfect, more or less on the same notes than when
undiluted. Finish: medium long, with hints of ginger and nutmeg that
suggest rather active American oak. Comments: very, very, very good.
What else can I say? SGP:551 - 86 points.