Tomatin 25 Douglas Laing.
A Single cask Tomatin released by the good folks at Douglas Laing. There has been whisky being made in Tomatin, sometimes through less than legal means, since the 16th century....
A Single cask Tomatin released by the good folks at Douglas Laing.
There has been whisky being made in Tomatin, sometimes through less than legal means, since the 16th century. Back in those days people would use Juniper bushes to fuel their stills due to the remarkably little smoke given off by this bush as it burned, making it much easier to conceal your illicit activities. The distillery was not officially established until 1897, under the name of Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd.
They went in and out of business throughout the next century before being bought out by Japanese conglomerate Takara Shuzo.
- Region: Highland
- Distillery: Tomatin
- Age/Name: 25 years old
- Size: 70cl
- Strength: 60.2% ABV
- Bottled By: Douglas Laing
- Chill-Filtered: No
The nose opens with a big sweet blast of vanilla pods and citrus. Behind that is a lovely gentle spice, think ginger/cinnamon. Touch of water allows buttery pastry notes to come through and turns the pure vanilla into brighter, fruitier notes such as red apple.
The palate's first note is from the spice but has more of an oak tannin note to it than there was before. Lemon rind and pastry mixes with fruitier notes such as the apple to create an almost apple pie note. Water brings back vanilla and takes away the gentle spice.
The finish is light and fresh. Spice keeping vanilla sweetness in check.