Five Stars! for a thirty-five years old blend.
I guess you need power and will to do that. It’s a blend by the lovely folks at Tomatin, and I’ve heard that this is actually 50% Tomatin and 50% Girvan. I’ve also read that there are 800 bottles only. Colour: gold.
Nose: a Bugatti on four cylinders, that’s still a Bugatti. Old Tomatin really shines through, with quite a lot of acacia honey and mango chutney, as well as well-matured orange liqueur and drops of pineapple juice. A little old wood in the background, sprigs of tobacco, a touch of guava… It’s all very perfect, fresh, complex, elegant, and fruity. You cannot be against that. As for Girvan, well, it remains silent. Shall we complain?
Mouth: it’s old Tomatin, and it’s just perfect. Mangos, guavas, papayas, green bananas, pollen, honeydew, a touch of mint, a touch of green oak, and basta. I cherish these light and lively fruity profiles. Half a cup of cold green earl grey tea.
Finish: medium, on freshly squeezed oranges, with added drops of mango and maracuja juices. A spiciness from the old wood, but that’s just an ornament. Comments: the malt dominates, and it does it well. Perfect one-malt-driven old blend. SGP:651 - 90 points.
Nose: first honey and mixed berries. Cooked apples, creamy vanilla and some oak notes with a waxy appearance. It is obviously old whiskey with a lot of depth, but also has fresh flavors in it. Quite subtle the heather heat, balanced with notes of orange peel. Over time, the soft smell of Parma Violets develops
Palate: Caramel, ample, with sweet tart notes, mixed with tropical fruits and berries. The age shows in echoes of polished leather and old wood, in addition to fresh citrus notes and slight spicy notes. A round, malty character with gentle peppery undertones.
Finish: The dense caramel sweetness continues and then dries off, leaving fruit flavors and oak notes behind.
Nose: very refined. Lots of oranges up front, with green apple and juicy yellow plums. Whitecurrant. Pink grapefruit. Dried apricot in the background. Whiffs of honey-coated almonds and cinnamon, with a lovely waxy layer and very light heather smoke underneath. Like a single malt.
Mouth: same (slightly thinner) fruitiness, with peaches, Grand Marnier, guava and berries. Hints of vanilla biscuits. A little mocha and caramel. Rich, waxy oak in the distance. Cinnamon and nutmeg. A glimpse of the 1970s Tomatin exotic fruits in the aftertaste.
Finish: long, still very refined, with no grainy notes whatsoever, and very smooth oaky notes.
Quite an exquisite (mini-)blend. Imagine the beautiful fruitiness of a 1970s Tomatin, with the creamy vanilla of an old, smooth grain,
in a perfectly balanced package. One of the best blends I’ve had. Whiskynotes Score: 91/100