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October 15, 2022





Angus's Corner
From our correspondent and
skilled taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
Three quick Tomatin
A spin round Tomatin this week. Always a distillery worth following, especially when it is on full fruity form…


Tomatin 1999/2013 (57.6%, OB for Royal Mile Whiskies,  Hungarian Oak finish, 302 bottles)

Tomatin 1999/2013 (57.6%, OB for Royal Mile Whiskies,  Hungarian Oak finish, 302 bottles)
Colour: pale amber. Nose: slightly spiritous, sawn rosewood, treacle, bitter orange marmalade and then wee notes of kumquat and tangerine. Gets a little more playfully fruity and spicy with cloves and cinnamon with some time in glass. With water: dates, plums and a general sense of 'sticky' fruitiness, some blood orange marmalade impressions too. Works well with water. Mouth: sticky dark fruits, a little sharp oak spiciness and also some greener notes of pepper and snapped twig. However, the fruitiness remains nicely juicy and just the right side of jammy. With water: develops some interesting teaish and beery notes. Shilling ales, jasmine tea, hibiscus, tea tree oil and something a little leathery. The oak feels a little too dominant now for me. Finish: medium in length, rather spicy and still with this dark, sticky and jammy fruit feeling. Comments: many attractive qualities, you just have to like them on the spicier / oakier side.
SGP: 551 - 84 points.



Tomatin 36 yo 'Batch 10' (46.2%, OB, 2022, 1200 bottles)

Tomatin 36 yo 'Batch 10' (46.2%, OB, 2022, 1200 bottles)
As with most of these releases, it's a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. Colour: deep gold. Nose: classically and lusciously full of Tomatin fruits. Green and orchard fruits with overripe yellow fruits and also wee exotic components too. Gets more and more exotic and generously lush with time - almost to the point of being rather estery and pineapple driven. Blind you might very well say a 1976 Tomatin. Mouth: same story! Abundant green apples, gooseberry and melon, also yellow plums, fruit pastilles and many fresh and dried exotic fruits. Specifically quite a bit of papaya and mango. Finish: medium but still rather overtly on fruits, a feeling of gelatinous texture and 'gloopiness' about that fruitiness as well. Comments: in some ways this is a very simple and at times slightly light profile, but the sheer force of its fruitiness is just totally gorgeous and hugely pleasurable. Highly recommended!
SGP: 741 - 90 points.



Tomatin 36 yo 'Batch 5' (46.8%, OB, 2019, 800 bottles)

Tomatin 36 yo 'Batch 5' (46.8%, OB, 2019, 800 bottles)
Colour: gold. Nose: I would say this one is not as wham bam exotic as batch 10, rather more on overripe green and yellow fruits with a nicely pulpy 'fruit salad goo' vibe about it. Add to that some honey, wood resins and maybe a little camphory side too. Still extremely charming and impressively fresh on the nose. Palate: richer, oilier and waxier than batch 10 I would say, going more towards polish, old furniture, lanolin and soft waxes with again this feeling over fleshy, overripe fruits lurking in there. Some well-extracted exotic fruit teas and things like aged citrus rinds. Lovely and reminiscent of some rather more old school bottlings from yesteryear. Finish: medium, slightly tangy fruitiness, wood saps, mineral oil, sandalwood and crystallised green and exotic fruits. Comments: lovely and really very charming, but I think I prefer the juiciness of batch 10 by a single notch. This is still an excellent composition though.
SGP: 651 - 89 points.




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