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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 6 November 2014


Regular readers and The Malt Desk Facebook page followers will have noticed that 3 weeks ago and friend and I started a trip around most of Scotland, from Campbeltown on Kintyre in the south and all the way to John O'Groats on the very top of Scotland, visiting distilleries along the way.

This also brought us past Tomatin Distillery just south of Inverness when heading back down to Edinburgh. We arrived before 10am which meant the distillery (or at least the shop) wasn't open yet so we ended up just snapping a few pictures in very high and cold winds there ...and little did I know that I'll be handed a sample of Tomatin later that evening in Edinburgh from Kirsty Clarke and Stewart Craigon from Whiskycorner.co.uk

The Tomatin 12yo Cuatro is a part of a four bottling series, all distilled on the same day and then matured for 9 years in ex-bourbon casks before being transferred to either Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for an additional 3 years of maturation. All four bottlings are limited to 1500 bottles each

Let's try it...

The huge Tomatin Warehouses, October 21st 2014 © The Malt Desk 

Tomatin 12yo (15.01.2002/20.08.2014) Cuatro Fino Sherry cask finish, 46%, 1500 bottles, Distillery bottling

Colour is pale amber

Apple juice... the synthetic kind, acidic, lemon peel, then sweet and sour comes and goes, hint of hand wash. It gets sweeter with time, showing oranges, fresh baking, fresh made lemon icing sugar and raspberry

A very nice arrival... I like the Fino sherry style, but sadly it often brings along a sulphur note as well... this is not the case here, I should add - it's just fine :-) the wine influence nips gently on the front and middle of the mouth and is generally very well behaved and in balance with the whisky... then a rush of something I can only describe as a peaty note mid palate (must be the cask), more apple and also some green banana, grape fruit, sweet malt and a slight yeasty notes in there. The wine shows itself again in the finish with an added spicy note...

A very pleasant acquaintance...

Thanks again to Kirsty and Stewart from whiskycorner.co.uk for the sample!


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