The Half-time Orange whistle is blown and a jovial collective cheer fills the Mansfield Traquair.
Tomatin brought out batch 1 of their 36yo expression in 2015. Batch 2 & 3 came out in 2016. According to a Tomatin marketing representative: unsure whether they could maintain enough old stock, this latest [2017/18] release is unofficially batch 4. Happy that they can maintain this age statement with suitable 70’s & now 80’s stock, Tomatin will re-continue the batch system with the release of batch 5 in 2019.
N: Starts with a sweet maltiness that only age brings. Additionally, there’s a floral-mineral quality, entwined with compact notes of sweaty-sweet shower gels. Fabulous!
T: Tastes as it smells which is great news. Abound with chalky, squidgy sweet fungal notes set within a soy sauce umami frame and leading to a very chewy waxy maltiness.
F: Part of that chew is the finish that concludes with more sweet fungal malty dunnage action. Aged balance to the last.
C: One that will compete closely with BBR’s 1979 Single Blend [WB], for Malt of the Fringe [notes to follow].
Scores an A[-]