Tomatin 1967 45 YO Directors' Cut

Tomatin 1967 45 YO Directors' Cut

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Tomatin 1967 45 YO Directors' Cut, 51,6 %

Tomatin 1967 45 YO Directors' CutA very rare and old whisky is up for review today. Independent bottler Douglas Laing released this Tomatin 1967 45 YO Directors' Cut in early 2013. It is a single cask release, having been matured in a refill sherry butt (cask #9315). The outturn was a mere 175 bottles, which means this was either a cask where the angels had been quite greedy, or this is a partial cask. It was distilled in November 1967 and bottled in December 2012.

When released it sold at around GBP 200, but you will have to pay a fair bit more if you want to purchase a bottle these days.

Nose: Fresh and lively on the nose. This strikes me immediately as a summer dram. Now let's dive in, for a more thorough sniff. A touch of oak - you can tell this whisky has been kept captive in a cask for several decades. Caramel sauce, lemon zest, sherry and caramel pudding. I actually find a touch of dry rubbed meat here - ready for the grill.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel, quite creamy - almost buttery. Spicy with a touch of oaky bitterness. White pepper, ginger, malt, and dark berries. Hints of sherry.

Finish: Long finish. Not so much spicy now, the spices form a solid base if you will. The top notes are now more sugary and fruity. Think candied apples, and simple syrup. The creaminess is there till the end.

Comments: Lovely dram! I especially like the rich and creamy palate. Surprisingly light for its age.

Score (90/100)

Thanks for the sample, Kjell!

Image from Master of Malt.

Sláinte! - Thomas

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