Sometimes, simplicity is best. In the ever increasing competitive and crowded market, the classic pure bourbon cask is lost amongst the noise. But for many distilleries bourbon is best, and a well aged whisky in these casks is their natural expression.
I’ll be honest though, my main tasting target at @milroysofsoho
was the @tomatinwhisky
Moscatel Finish (see... fancy). But I wanted to calibrate my palate first - what is it that the whisky should taste like before the wine cask finish? So I’ve turned to this 11Yr @gordonandmacphail
bottling for help.
Tomatin 2007 (Gordon and MacPhail) - 43% ABV
Nose - I know it says on the label but very much elderflower cordial. Juicy red apples, a spicy resin and fizzy green fruit sweets (apple chewits?) Palate - thick and creamy, vanilla custard but as part of a hard boiled sweet - rhubarb and custard drops. This reminds me of @indiespiritbath
‘s bourbon cask @aberlour
last year, its all fruit juice and sweet shop. Lots of white stone fruit - peaches and nectarines, again in candied form.
Finish - some green, damp wood and bitter unripe kiwi fruit
A very tasty whisky, which at its heart is very simple (I mean that as a compliment) and provides bags of flavour. About £50 from most places, which might be a little bit on the expensive side - I’m thinking about the Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage which works out at £38 for 70cl. However, if a fan of the distillery be sure to check it out