- Single Malt
- The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- Magical mystery
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- 1st Fill Spanish Oak Ex-Pedro Ximénez Hogsh.
- Number of bottles
- 53.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 21 Jul 2017 8:17 am by Allandale
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21 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 2000 SMWS 11.34
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.88 points
My next request [to Chris], is for something ‘crazy’. Last time i asked for something crazy at the SMWS i got given ‘Temptation to the dark side’ WB - a young & blatantly unapologetic sherried Tullibardine that i fell for. Today i’ve received a heavily sherried Tomatin with twice as many years on the clock. Good good.
N: Less resinous than the Mannochmore and softer of course [given those extra 5 years], and finished in PX. PX can be a refreshing change from heavily tannin-ed oloroso which often buries the spirit. PX by comparison can tend to veer whisky in a different direction, often with varying success. Notes of nutty potatoes, olive oil with a chunk of infused tyre, marjoram, vegetal Bakewell tart [no icing], Cognac-esque sugars, a tobacco stained cardboard box, a little linseed oil [no putty], some sweet lemon juice,... Refreshingly interesting. Let’s see how it fairs on the palate.
T: Greasy mouthfeel with an unobtrusive coppery/sulphury mineral ‘boing’ and an odd yet tasty nutty/vegetal savoury>sweet maltiness. Reminds me of that SV 1988 Fettercairn WB. Later some Cognac sugars emerge, the beauty of adding grape-d casks to whisky. Slightly edgy throughout but there are no alarm bells.
F: Burned nut oil, sesame seeds, more Bakewell suggestions, pokey tap water and vegetal sweet fairy cakes with a light greasy slightly curdled creamy biscuit finish. A greasy chew remains to the last. Nutty/cognac-y PX=dirty witch hazel at the death.
C: We got through without incident. This whisky was perfect in the moment, time & place and all that - though one dram was enough. Not sure that any Tomatin character was evident.Scores a B[-]
- Finally a very good Tomatin
Like a candy chocolate box: lovely sweet notes. Ginger, pure dark chocolate, walnut pralines, orange marmelade, truffels.
Fruity notes. Spiced prunes, almonds, armagnac tones. Lovely sweet. Complex.
Long and warm. Spicy and fruity also. Complex.
- SMWS tasting notes:
The nose neat got us all on the edge of our seats. We opened a deluxe chocolate box with an overwhelming assortment and nothing to explain each individual item. So we had to dip in; spiced ginger ganache, dark chocolate walnut pralines, orange & macadamia truffles and the list could go on but we stopped ourselves and added a drop of water. Now the appearance of a spiced prune, Armagnac and almond tart with a glass of Oloroso Abocado (sweetened dry Sherry) made this mystery experience complete. At 15 years old, we transferred this whisky from an Oloroso butt to a 1st fill Spanish oak PX hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.DRINKING TIP: With a box of chocolates