Tomatin Whisky Meets Sherry, Oloroso edition

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.

A collaboration bewteen the Tomatin Distillery and Bodegas Tradicion. BEWTEEN!

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

 

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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5 Responses to Tomatin Whisky Meets Sherry, Oloroso edition

  1. The whisky was not matured in the exact same sherry cask. Look at the bottle of sherry: it says L1/14. If the sherry was taken out in 2014, it is impossible that they filled it with whisky in 2012.

    The whisky was matured in one of the barrels from the Oloroso solera at Tradicion. Tomatin makes it sound like a single barrel sherry, but that the concept of a single barrel bottling is very, very rare in the sherry world.

    • Thanks!

      I based my info on this bit from Whiskysite:

      The Tomatin Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Edition was distilled on September 22, 2000 and matured in ex-bourbon barrel until September 17, 2012, the day on which this whiskey was crossed in ex-Oloroso sherry cask 36 132 for an after-ripening of more than two years.

      Bottled on February 23, 2015 at cask strength (cask strength) of 57.9% in a 35cl bottle, non chill filtered and no added dyes. Along with this bottle is a bottle Oloroso sherry VORS 37,5cl 30 years in the same sherry cask 36 132 (on average to 45 to 50 years old!) A sherry Bodegas Tradicion. (20% alc.)

  2. Good to know that Ruben. I was lucky enough to get a set myself and we finished it off in a tasting we held with some friends. I did not keep notes as this was a fun meeting😉
    i really enjoyed the Oloroso 30. the PX was nice too. there was another set, Sjoerd is surely to write about those later. Whisky wise, i though the PX finished whisky was better than the Oloroso finish, by a small margin. both were very enjoyable. and indeed whisky geekery at its best.
    no wonder we like Tomatin. they are doing some really interesting whisky afficionado editions lately.

  3. Pingback: Tomatin Whisky Meets Sherry, Pedro Ximénez edition | Malt Fascination

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