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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.

My Own Blend – Tasting Number 1

So as you can see in my Own Blend post, I decided to try something different. On my first tasting of the blend I have the following included:

  1. Cardhu 12 year old
  2. Clynelish 14 year old
  3. Dalmore 12 Year Old
  4. Edradour 10 year old
  5. Edradour 13 year old Natural Cask Strength
  6. Jura Superstition
  7. Jura Diurachs’ Own
  8. Mackmyra The 1st Edition
  9. St George’s Chapter 11
  10. Talisker Storm
  11. Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

That’s quite a list of some very different whiskies so I don’t know what to expect..so lets get stuck in.

So the result of these whiskies is a light golden coloured dram with the most bizarre nose I have ever experienced, unsurprisingly. There is an initial hit of smoke and then sherry, both quickly giving way to marzipan and an amazing amount of sweetness; summer fruits also have a high presence.

Onto the palate you again get hit with an initial smokiness from the Talisker Storm which actually continues onto the finish. Funnily enough the second flavour coming through is again sherry, but quite subtle, and then onto the summer fruits with a little sweetness, reminding me of the Mackmyra, it seems to follow the nose almost exactly on the first sip. The finish is relatively short but has a lovely smokiness combined with a spicy, dry oakiness to it. I obviously have no idea what the abv is but it does have a bit of heat to it, but only on the finish.

Well it’s interesting I’ll give it that, strangely enjoyable as well actually. Okay it’s no award winner but then I it was never going to be, but it is nicer than I was expect if I’m honest. I am looking forward to future tastings to see just how this progresses, because lets be honest, I have no idea what else will be going into this and therefore no idea what the next iteration of it is going to be like. I’ll keep you posted.