Chapter 7 Tomatin 2009

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

Hold your horses!

The Highlands Distillery of Tomatin was founded in 1897. Once a true giant producing over 12 million liters of alcohol, by which they even surpassed Glenfiddich in the early seventies.

The distillery closed its doors in 1985 due to the now famous crisis that forced one third of the active distilleries to close its doors. Tomatin was saved by two former Japanese customers and became the first Scottish distillery in Japanese hands.

The core range now exists of a NAS entry malt called Legacy, a 12 year old and a 14 year old finished on port casks. They also market a lightly peated whisky by the name of Cù Bòcan, named after a ghost dog that stalked the village of Tomatin for generations.

Identity Card Chapter 7 Tomatin 2009

  • Tomatin Distillery, Inverness (Highlands)
  • 6 year old
  • 63.2 % ABV
  • Distilled in 2009, bottled in 2015
  • Bourbon hogshead #1849 | 335 bottles

Tasting notes

Colour: This is a very pale whisky, almost like a young Chardonnay. Given its age and high ABV it does not come as a surprise that the legs on the glass are thin and fast. When pouring a glass, you'll notice lots of small bubbles in the glass.

Nose: Young and spirity. Grapes, or make that a chilled grappa. Nail polish remover and sharp mustard. Vanilla coconut and fresh lime. There's a little gin-side to this whisky. Juniper berries and coriander seeds. Potatoes and possibly some salty black bean sauce. Lemon candies.
Adding water is almost a necessity. Citrus and rosemary flavours match pretty aniseed-like aromas. Some pastis notes and pink peppercorns.

Taste: The palate is an overwhelming mix of grain biscuits and lime juice. Canned pineapple and a strong alcohol flavour. The mouthfeel is rather creamy. Peaches and clove.
Water gives me green chillies, jalapeños to be precise. A minimal bitterness from young fresh rosemary twigs and sugared lemon candy.

Finish: A nice warming finish with a sweet touch. The chillies make sure you'll enjoy this long aftertaste.

Price: €60 at Jurgen's Whiskyhuis

It is young, it is fiery, it is pale and sometimes that's just fine. A challenging dram with enough flavour to entertain a seasoned whisky drinker.

Sample provided by Selim from Chapter 7
Source and pictures: Chapter 7 / Jurgen's Whiskyhuis