The Whisky Meets Sherry set contains a whisky from Tomatin distillery, distilled on September 22, 2000 and bottled on February 23, 2015. It’s been recasked on September 17, 2012 for further maturation in an Oloroso sherry cask. The ABV is 57.9%
The sherry in the set is an Oloroso sherry VORS matured for 30 years in the exact same sherry cask at Bodegas Tradicion, and bottled at 20% abv.
This set came out paired with a Pedro Ximénez set which will be reviewed tomorrow (I hope). That also contains a whisky and a sherry, but is obviously quite different.
It was released hot on the heels of the Tomatin Contrast set and with last year’s Cuatro still in our memory (from seeing it in shops, not from drinking. Somehow I skipped that one) I think Tomatin is quickly gaining momentum with their sherry matured whiskies. At least, they are becoming more and more popular with me!
Next Friday I will be visiting the distillery with a couple of whisky loving friends, so I hope to get some more knowledge about this once-biggest distillery of Scotland.
The whisky then!
Tomatin, 14yo, 2000-2015, finished in sherry casks for almost 3 years. 57.9%
The nose is quite sweet with lots of baking spices. Speculaas and peperkoek. Some dates and dried figs too. Quite fruity but with a surprising lightness and freshness to it. The palate is quite sharp (not strange at almost 58%), sweet and very spicy. Black pepper, ginger, clove. The same as on the nose, and the dates are back too. The finish is rich with mostly dates and sweetness. Not overly long.
Oloroso, Bodegas Tradicion, 30 years old, 20%
The sherry is quite typical of an Oloroso, as far as I know. It just does everything a little bit better. Slightly salty and because of that, very fresh and crisp. Surprisingly light on the oak, after thirty years inside of that. Fruit, plums. Also sweetness with fudge and caramel.
It’s very interesting to see where some of the Oloroso maturation flavors come from. However, I still find it more interesting the sherry isn’t much more clear in the whisky.
There’s some very defining flavors in Oloroso, even some that you’re taking for granted and that don’t stand out like a slight nuttiness. Those aren’t represented in the whisky, or at least not in such a way that my flawed palate can pick up.
Anyway, it’s a great set, this. The sherry is lovely, and the whisky is too. Normally 35/37.5cl should be enough. I did a bottle share with it so I only had some 5 cl of each, which is a little short. I should’ve kept 10!
Massive kudos to Tomatin, by the way, for doing things like this and giving us a chance to analyse whisky a little bit more. Now, here’s to hoping there’ll be a fino, manzanilla, amontillado, palo cortado set coming along soon. And then a bourbon one, of course!
Tomatin, 14yo, 2000-2015, finished in sherry casks for almost 3 years. 57.9% and Oloroso, Bodegas Tradicion, 30 years old, 20%. Available for € 95 at Whiskysite.nl