Tomatin 12 Oloroso Sherry Cask Review

This is from the Tomatin Cuatro series where they took a batch of whisky that was distilled on the same day, aged it for 9 years in oak, and then transferred it into four different first-fill sherry casks for 3 years of finishing. This is the Oloroso expression from that series which is bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Sherry comes off quite young and bright with strong wood chips/sawdust behind it. Musty oak furniture, old tobacco pipe with a hint of ash notes.

Palate: Light and fruity on entry full of raspberries and blackberries – vanilla cream and mild oak develop after a bit.

Finish: Oak turns rather dry with green raisins and slight vanilla lingering.

Rating: 85/100 – A simple, but refreshing sherried dram.

Value for the money: These retail for around $60 or so, and I think that’s a pretty fair price for what you get in this expression.

Tomatin 18 Review

This is an 18 year expression from Tomatin’s core range. It was finished in Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Heavy sherry with a smoked oak note. Fresh berries, slight bbq meats, cherry cough syrup, and fudge.

Palate: Very oak forward here with sherry taking on a more funky, Manzanilla type profile full of vegetal notes and cocoa.

Finish: Dark fruits develop with mossy oak and more vegetal notes.

Rating: 85/100 – Would like to try this at a higher proof as it tasted quite watered down at 46%.

Value for the money: These retail around $80-$90, and it’s not a terrible price for what you get, but I won’t be buying one at that price most likely.