Tomatin 18 Year Old, Single Malt Whisky, 70cl
Tomatin distillery rests in the small town of the same name just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Famed as the woods surrounding the distillery are said to be haunted by a ghost dog, or Cu Bocin in Gaelic.
Nose is quite punchy and of good body. There are notes of chewy grape and sultana with winter spice; cloves and cinnamon. There are notes of vanilla fudge and a most supple of smokes, weaving gracefully in cut grasses and apple peels.
Palate is quite sweet and full. There are notes of barley sugar and honeycomb. Hints of chocolate orange and cocoa dusted liberally on toasty oak.
Finish is long and powerful with a dry, chewy oak and a touch of pepper.