From the Highland, we sampled Tomatin’s 14 year Port Wood finish 46%. In 2014, Tomatin added it to their core range, noting that it starts in Bourbon barrels before spending a year being finished in Port pipes.
So what did we think?
Tomatin 14 year Port Wood finish 46%
- Nose – Initially lots of wine, grapes, some spice, even black salt from a chaat masala, dried herbs, old shoes
- Palate – Grape cool aide with spice, yoghurt, a bit thin
- Finish – Bizarre tannins
- Water – A bit softer, yet gained an odd metallic quality
Sometimes when you taste with others, one thought leads to another and another. In this case, we spiralled from the above observations into uproarious laughter. Why?
Well… we started off remarking how the aroma reminded us of a cheap bar… more specifically the morning after with the stench of spilt cheap red wine and tequila. The reaction was so strong from a few that there was considerable trepidation to even taste.
Let’s just say it considerable devolved into talk of baby puke (not uncommon with whiskies) and even less polite observations… back to that bar with the unmistakable aroma of those who over indulged and could not contain there… er… you get the picture.
So we read what the folks at Tomatin have to say? Could we discover some of the notes they share?
The Tomatin 14 Year Old is soft, smooth and sweet, benefiting from its time spent in Tawny Port casks which previously held port for around 50 years.
Rich but balanced aromas of red berries, sweet honey and rich toffee develop into aspects of light fruits and nuts on the palate and an abiding finish of smooth fruit salad.
Sorry? Rich? Fruit salad?! And that’s when we devolved into laughter… when someone mentioned maybe if it was fruit that… er… again… you get the picture.
So I set it aside to see if it improved with a bit… it happens sometimes.
Nope! Not for us. If anything was a bit queer. Sigh…
What other finishes did the Whisky Ladies explore that eve? A few we enjoyed much much more!
- Speyside – Glenfiddich IPA 43% – Average but adequate
- Wales – Penderyn Madeira 46% – Absolutely loved!
- India – Amrut Port Pipe Peated 48% – A chance to share some Indian pride
And that is the terrific thing about experiments – some hits, some misses and more!
If you picked it up from Master of Malt in the UK, this Tomatin would set you back approx $60. However like most whiskies, prices vary massively depending on where you purchase it and understand this particular bottle cost nearly double that! Yikes!
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