Thursday, December 22, 2016
At Christmas time, I gravitate towards sherried malts and port wood finishes. This holiday season is no exception.
Today I want to introduce you to Tomatin 14 years Port Finish Single Malt.
Wood Management Note
12 years in ex-Bourbon casks followed by 18 - 24 months in port pipes (yeah!!!).
Vanilla, nutmeg, oak, sawdust, damp wood, forest leaves, cooked apples.
Creamy port, dark chocolate, light spiciness of berries, fig and pecans. The body is light!
Herbaceous, mineral water notes, grapefruit, blood oranges and apricot.
Finish is long.
At 46% ABV you are probably thinking it is going to be a little fiery and hot. Not the case here! The master blender has done a wonderful job in delivering a balanced, textured and not over the top dram. There is a spiciness on the palate, but it is gentle. The body of this malt is fairly light unlike it competitor like Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 years that is heavier and a wee jammy. What sets this port wood finish malt apart from other port finished malts is how it starts with traditional port flavors (fig, strawberry, nutmeg) and then becomes surprisingly citrusy with grapefruit and apricot. A real transition that works very well! A lot of port finish malts start with those typical port notes and build from there as would be the case with Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban or the far more expensive Balvenie 21 year old port wood.
You could add water certainly and you should experiment. I am just am hooked on the neat taste of this malt.
Between now and New Year's this will be my dram to warm me from the cold winter!