The Tomatin 12 yo is a single malt whisky produced by the Tomatin distillery in Scotland. With the recent purchase of Jim Beam by Japan’s Suntory its worth recalling that Tomatin was the first Scottish single malt maker to be purchased by a Japanese company. The Tomatin Distillery is located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness. It is situated in the Highland Region of Scotland. Established in 1897 Tomatin is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level. Tomatin’s whisky mostly goes into blended whisky.
We acquired this 12 yo from the Hyde Park based WhiskyBrother Shop. The Tomatin 12 yo is finished in Spanish Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. The color is defined as a dark gold. We felt it had more of an amber color to it. The whisky has some oiliness to it. The rest of our tasting experience was really interesting.
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Tasting notes for the Tomatin 12 yo
NOSE: The first impressions of nosing brings dried fruit, sherry, wood and smoke. We picked up quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. Whenever we taste whisky we always nose it before and after adding water. This is the first whisky we have nosed where the addition of water made such a difference. After its addition, florals and spice came to the fore. The nose grew in complexity. Sherry notes were more pronounced and the smoke disappeared!
PALATE: Medium bodied. The initial alcohol bite continued into the palette. The first impression was not particularly smooth. Crystallized ginger, some sherry and dried fruit continued from the nose. Barley came though as well. We initially felt the whisky was a little rough around the edges. The effect of water on the palette was as dramatic as with the nosing. The whisky transformed! Smoothness abounds and a delicacy is introduced.
FINISH: A bit short though. It did not have an appreciable tail.
The finish ended in pepper, ginger and some spice. It is certainly an easy drinking whisky.Adding the water changed our impression of this whisky. In the end the Tomatin 12 yo scored a RATING: VERY GOOD.
It is not a whisky that is complex, or big, or pretentious. The lack of a great finish meant it did not score higher. This is a wonderfully smooth easy drinking spirit. Remember to add some extra water though! We really were surprised at the extent to which the water unlocked more flavors.
Tomatin 12 yo & Food pairing
Our Friday routine always includes trying out a chocolate with our ‘Whisky of the Week. To date we had not found a whisky that did not work with chocolate. Until the Tomatin that is. We had a dark chocolate with cherry with our second glass and it did not pair well at all. Tomatin 12 yo is a fine whisky we will gladly be going back to. We paired this whisky with a Mature Gouda cheese during 2015 and the results were amazing!
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