The whisky distilled for at least nine years is Tomatin Oloroso Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Tomatin distilled the whisky in former bourbon cask and finished in Oloroso sherry casks for three years.
The Tomatin distillery possibly provided the base whiskey. However, the Tomatin whisky being used is being determined. Tomatin distillery initially released 1500 to 2000 bottles of the Oloroso whisky expression.
Tomatin flavor profile
The Tomatin Oloroso is one of 4 sherry cask expressions that are known as the Cuatro Series. The distillery used the Oloroso, Manzanilla, Fino, and Pedro Ximenez sherries casks.
The flavor can seem chaotic and complex with the expression’s sherry, bourbon, and other flavors. 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. Unlike Don Benigno’s Montillado Sherry and Cream Sherry, I have not tasted many sherries. Still, I am looking forward to trying some others to start detecting the differences when the distillers use the sherry casks.
I plan to try some of the other Tomatin whiskies in the Cuatro series and 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 for the whisky, plus a drop or two of water.
Tomatin Scotch whisky Tasting notes
Appearance: Slightly reddish-amber
Nose: Slightly spicy, sweet cream sherry, toffee caramel, hints of Christmas pudding, notes of bourbon. When adding water, blends and smooth out the flavors overall complexities, creating a warm balance of sweetness 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?