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Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Finish

Distillery: Tomintoul
Name: Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Region: Speyside
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £32
Nose: Light, crisp, sherry
Taste: Creamy, fresh, sherry, vanilla
Finish: Dry, sweet, warm
Rating: 7/10

A limited edition run of a 12 year old finished in Oloroso Sherry casks for 18 months. As a big fan of Oloroso finished whiskies I was looking forward to this one; I was not disappointed either. With only 18 months in sherry casks it’s like it has had a light drizzle of sherry, it still has a relatively light nose and palate, with a freshness to it but with an added complexity from the sherry.

It is a refreshing, easy drinking sherry cask dram, which as far as I am concerned, cannot be a bad thing, it’s not often I find an ‘everyday’ sherry cask whisky, but I think this is one of them. It is not the most complex, but it is full of flavour and definitely a moorish dram.

Tomintoul 14 Year Old

Distillery: Tomintoul
Name: N/A
Region: Speyside
Age: 14
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £36 (for 70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, sweet, clinical, earthy, slight saltiness
Taste: Sweet, vanilla, creamy, good body, earthy, malty
Finish: Lasting but not complex, warm
Rating: 6/10

A very pale dram this one, almost clear. It has a very light, refreshing nose with a little sweetness and a strange clinical note to it, with just a hint of salt towards the end. On the palate you get a really good mouth feel from the creaminess, you want to roll it around for a while, you also get a lot of vanilla. The finish is reasonably long lasting but not particularly complex, it is light and warm.

Once aired a while an earthiness starts to come through on both the nose and palate, nothing too strong but just enough to add another level of interest. There is a bit of alcohol burn from this one so I thought I’d try it with the addition of water. This kind of kills the delicate nose to be honest, it does however open the palate up wonderfully. Still creamy, vanilla but now with some maltyness coming through as well.

I lovely dram but a little too delicate for me. If you are after a light, creamy, sweet whisky then this may be for you.