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August 28, 2013


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Sherried Tomatin and Glenfarclas

No specific distillery here, just new or recent whiskies ‘as we get them’. Today it's young first fill sherry.

Tomatin 12 yo 2001/2013 (58.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, first fill sherry hogshead, cask #1598)

Tomatin 12 yo 2001/2013 (58.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, first fill sherry hogshead, cask #1598) Four stars Bizarrely, I have the feeling that we find more old Tomatins than young ones these days. Colour: dark amber. Nose: quite a chocolate bomb at first nosing but there's also raspberries and quite some flints. We're not talking gunpowder. Nice leather and tobacco as well but it's all quite strong and powerful. So... With water: pipe tobacco up, wet earth, a wee mustiness, orange marmalade and a little bacon. Typical young sherry monster. Mouth (neat): once again, an ultra-heavy chocolaty sherry with the right amount of eaux-de-vie such as kirsch and, again, raspberry. Really reminds me of the youngish hyper-sherried Macduffs or Glengoynes that are around these days. Tomatins's usual lightish fruitiness is almost undetectable. With water: a spicy marmalade plus some green tea and cloves. Liqueur-filled chocolates. This one swims very well, not every sherry monster does. Finish: long, and funnily enough, the distillate starts to speak out. Papayas? Some green spices too. Comments: water's best friend. Very much to my liking despite its relative heaviness. SGP:661 - 86 points.

Glenfarclas 2003/2013 (56.8%, OB, Family Casks for Le Gus't, cask #1450, 316 bottles)

Glenfarclas 2003/2013 (56.8%, OB, Family Casks for Le Gus't, cask #1450, 316 bottles) Four stars and a halfLe Gus't is this small French bottler in Manosque, Provence, that already had a superb Bowmore a few months ago. Colour: deep amber. Nose: it's very different from the Tomatin, that is to say drier, nuttier and much more on walnuts, grass and leather than on chocolate or fruits. Having said that, it's just as pungent on the nose so quick, water! With water: Virginia tobacco and Cuban tobacco too. It smells like a box of Partagas (as far as I can remember, that is). Also more raisins and figs, this is lovely.

Mouth (neat): very funny! Well, sort of... Starts rather more with heavy (and heady) notes of smoky tequila, bags of liquorice and then even more tequila. Serious, it's very agavy and I'm not just saying that because I just tried 20 tequilas (and so became an expert - not!) In fact, it's the best tequila ;-). Lovely spiciness, with a lot of cloves and juniper berries (typically tequila, haha). Now, there's also prunes and chocolate. With water: really, it's not unlike some powerful tequila (extra-anejo). The spiciness is really special. Finish: long, with a wee saltiness that further 'lifts' it. Comments: absolutely excellent, and barely 10 years old! Should we expect a Glendronach vs. Glenfarclas match in the coming years (as far as sherried power monsters are concerned)? This one is brilliant. SGP:461 - 89 points.

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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