Friday, 26 April 2013

Whisky Discovery #404

Tomatin Legacy NAS (43% abv)
Highland Single Malt Whisky
circa £26.00 70cl
Whisky Discovery
I was fortunate to be sent a healthy review sample of this new release from Tomatin recently. This is the first full review of  a distillery bottling although I have tasted the core range with Alistair Mutch at The Wine & Spirits Show in London. I caught up again with Alistair at the recent Midlands Whisky Festival, but resisted the temptation to taste his wares again at the time, knowing that I had this in the shelf. I've since added some Tomatin 15 to my shelf and will be reviewing that later.

When Tomatin Distillery was established in 1897, the isolated and idyllic setting of Tomatin was almost perfect. However there wasn't a local workforce, the local inhabitants being scattered shepherds and cattle drovers. The company began a project of construction to accommodate its workforce. Since that time the distillery has been at the heart of the community and the community at the heart of the distillery.

This legacy has continued. Tomatin remains one of the few distilleries to provide a home for its dedicated craftsmen, and is now recognised with a permanent addition to the Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky range, “The Tomatin Legacy”.

Matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks and bottled at 43% abv, Legacy was released as a permanent addition to the core range in March 2013

So What Did We Think?

Kat: Nose:  Very rich aromas. Heavily of over ripe, starting to rot bananas and plums, damp rotting wood and general sweet musky aromas of a well a rotted hot compost heap. This is all in a great way. There’s some more earthy aromas from Portobello mushrooms, and with sometime in the glass some vanilla and green oak aromas come through. 

Taste:  Bourbon-esk flavours but sweet with more caramel flavours, hint of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lastly very subtle oak notes. 

Finish:  Crème brulee with a subtle fresh chilli warming tingling mouth feel. 

Dave: My first impression from nosing this was that it appeared to be young and fresh, it has that 'new make' note to it. The nose is sweet with vanilla and Victoria sponge cake, there's some zesty lemon citrus notes and some fresh green wood.

The palate too is quite sweet with creamy vanilla, sherbert lemon, crisp green apple and I'm still getting  a little of the sponge cake flavour too.

The finish comes across with legs too it, a good length with a little pepper and sherbet The empty glass smells of cake mix, honest!

OK, so it's not an overly complicated dram, but what did you expect for around £26 a bottle? It's light, refreshing and very drinkable

And finally:

Many thanks to Tomatin for sending us a generous sample of this new release to review.

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