BTC 2016, sample 1: Tomatin 11, 60%, OB for the Usquebaugh Society

During previous BTCs we (me and other participants) have discussed the difference between a whisky from a bottle and whisky that’s been sampled before. We don’t have a clue what causes it, and there might be several, but there is a difference.

Today’s dram is more proof to that point as the BTC started off with our very own club bottling and of all 60-something participants only one got it right. That one person is NOT me.

The reasons for this difference might be oxidation during sampling, all the jostling it goes through, less air tight sealing in a sample bottle. Maybe others, I don’t know.

You can check the old tasting notes here, and the new ones below:

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
Pretty sharp and dry. Slightly grassy and resinous. The outside of coconut. A slightly musty, recognizable scent that I cannot pin down. Also some oak, a very classical whisky.

After about half an hour there’s suddenly a hit of caramel that wasn’t there before.

Sip:
Pretty sharp, as on the nose. Some bite from the alcohol. Quite light on the palate, grassy notes and some dry coconut. Old fashioned with some hessian as well, maybe it’s that instead of the coconut. A touch of oak, but very gentle. Maybe some lactic acid too?

Swallow:
The finish is gentle and quite warming. Oak, some straw, quite a long finish.

Young, and at high strength. I don’t think this is older than ten years or so. Because of the mustiness and a hard to describe milkiness on the palate I went for Bladnoch, 10 years old, 56.3%. It also helped that this came out a short while ago and therefore it might have been available to the organizers.

It turned out to be our club bottling, as said above. So I only got 30 points for being close to the correct age. Still 30 is above average for me.

Still 86/100, by the way.

Tomatin 2004-2016, 11yo, First Fill Bourbon Barrel 35281, 60%, OB for the Usquebaugh Society. It’s still available for 68 euros here.

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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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