Tomatin 17 yo 1997/2014 (48.3%, Whisky-Fässle, hogshead)
Very nice colour, this one should be totally au naturel. Colour: very
pale white wine. Nose: I really like to be so close to the distillate,
provided it’s not immature. That’s not the case at all here, as it comes
with lovely notes of cut apples, a touch of smoke (garden fire), mashed
sweet potatoes and even pumpkins, then more green apples, rhubarb and
lemons. A touch of engine oil as well, all for the better. Oh and
mangos. Great nose, really complex and totally spirit-driven. Mouth:
perfect! Ultra-clean, with a perfect tempo, blending fresh fruits,
cereals and a few tiny phenolic/tertiary notes. Fresh malted barley,
oranges, a little marzipan, cut apples, some candy sugar, papayas…
Finish: medium length. Loses steam a bit, becoming slightly spirity.
Funny notes of Turkish delights in the aftertaste. Or Gewurztraminer.
Comments: all very good, it just lost one or two points because of the
finish that was a tad ‘hot’. SGP:641 - 85 points.