Tomatin ‘Decades’ 46%Scotland, Highland
Bottle size : 70
In recognition of his 50 years service at Tomatin, Douglas Campbell (the distillery manager) has created a Single Malt using whiskies distilled in each of the 5 decades he has worked at the distillery. Starting with a 1967 cask and moving through each of the subsequent decades to the year 2005.
The Casks that made up this stunning dram are as follows: 1967 Refill Sherry Hogsheads, 1976 Oloroso Butts, 1984 Refill Sherry Hogsheads, 1990 First Fill Bourbon barrels, and 2005 First Fill Bourbon barrels
Tasted: June 2011
A beautiful Highland nose. Absolutely textbook stuff – soft, well endowed with a complexity of citrus fruit, a touch of grass and some lovely, sweet, buttery oak. With time it becomes quite perfumed as the lighter, younger notes, swirl around the core of mature spirit. A stunning nose, which gives up new aromas each time your put your nose into the glass.
Lovely, rich and full bodied in the mouth. Generous seeped, mature fruit accented by Satsuma notes fills the mouth. The middle has a beautiful fresh Sauvignon blanc character along with grass and mineral nuances. Again there is less oak on the palate and frankly it allows the full complexity of this vatting to shine through. Exceptionally long with a palate cleansing, classic, granity Highland finish.