The Tomatin Oloroso Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a whisky that has been distilled for a minimum of 9 years in former bourbon casks and then finished in Oloroso sherry casks for 3 years. The base whiskey is probably from the Tomatin distillery however, we are unsure which Tomatin whiskey is used. The initial number to be released for this expression was originally set for 1500 bottles; however, that has been revised to 2000 bottles.
The Tomatin Oloroso is one of 4 sherry cask expressions that are known as the Cuatro Series. Casks from the Oloroso, Manzailla, Fino and Pedro Ximenez sherries are used. The flavor can seem a bit jumbled and complex with the sherry, bourbon and other flavors within the expression. However, the whisky expression can provide an inviting challenge to any whisky novices educating themselves on tasting notes.
I had fun trying to determine the different flavors evident in the whiskey and the differences in the sherries. I have not tasted many sherries apart from Don Benigno’s Montillado Sherry and Cream Sherry but I am looking forward to trying some others so that I can start to detect the differences when the distillers use the sherry casks. I hope to try some of the other Tomatin whiskies in the Cuatro series and to let you know how they taste.
The Cuatro series would be an excellent way for lovers of wines to try whiskies. I would even recommend adding a little water to the whisky to aid in opening up and balancing out the flavors. You could also try having two glasses when tasting the whisky; one for neat whisky and the other would be for the whisky plus a drop or two of water.
The tasting notes are as follow –
Appearance: Slightly reddish-amber
Nose: Slightly spicy, sweet cream sherry, toffee-caramel, hints of Christmas pudding, notes of bourbon. When water is added, the flavors are blended together and smooth out the overall complexities; warm balance of sweet and spiciness
Taste/Palate: Christmas pudding, bourbon evident, slightly sweet and spicy
Finish: Complex and spicy but slowly disappears; with water, the spicy notes are more balanced or tamer
Note: Since I enjoy cigar and whiskey pairing sessions, I will be pairing the Vega Fina Torpedo Cigar with the Tomatin Single Malt Oloroso Scotch whisky in the coming months.
What did you think of the Tomatin Single Malt Oloroso Scotch Whisky?