Tomatin Legacy

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I must say that I am a big fan of the Tomatin 30 year old. So it was nice to try the Legacy which sits on the opposite end of the Tomatin lineup being a NAS whisky. We tried this expression at the Allied Glass tweet tasting. It’s interesting to see that a lot of the new NAS whiskies are incorporating virgin oak maturations. It may be a way to get more cask influence from younger whiskies or perhaps it’s from a shortage of bourbon casks due to the increasing demand from the Scotch industry. Could be both really, but either way I feel it is shifting the average flavour profile of Scotch whisky. This is not necessarily a bad thing and has happened in the past. For instance the shift toward bourbon casks from sherry when UK laws changed so that sherry could no longer be shipped to the UK in casks. While there will be some who lament this change, I think it is opening up more variety in Scotch. Well that’s just my opinion.

Distillery: Tomatin Distillery

Age: NAS

Cask: Ex-Bourbon and Virgin Oak

ABV: 43%

Price: £25.84

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

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Good Old Pulteney! I must admit that I first tried this when I first came to Edinburgh. It was on offer at the supermarket and I liked the look of the bottle. Pretty noob of me but I was a noob. However, this is quite a credit to the makers of the bottle, Alllied Glass, who was kind enough to send us a sample of this expression for their tweet tasting. I’ve had a fare bit of this stuff but never thought to do tasting notes until recently. Well I guess I should begin then..

Distillery: Old Pulteney

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: Ex-Bourbon

ABV: 40%

Price: £27.17

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Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish

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Well well well, another Madeira finished whisky. I’m not shy about my love of Madeira matured whiskies. I think out of the three current official Inchmurrin bottlings this kind of ties together the funky nature of the spirit. The combination of the unusual character from the rectifier modified pot stills and the madeira finishing puts this expression way out there in terms of the flavour charts. We had this at the Inchmurrin tweet tasting and it was my favourite of the three.

 

Distillery: Loch Lomond

Age: NAS

Cask: Ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Madeira wine casks

ABV: 46%

Price: £55

 

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Inchmurrin 18 Year Old

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We tried this particular expression at an Inchmurrin tweet tasting along with the Inchmurrin 12 and the Inchmurrin Madeira Finish. As I’ve mentioned in the post for the Inchmurrin 12, Inchmurrin is a line of expressions from the Loch Lomond Distillery which comes from two of its special pot stills with rectifier columns fitted instead of the typical swan necks. You may not recognize the bottle as they have recently re-branded their bottlings. I quite like the new look and I suspect quite a few punters will too.

Distillery: Loch Lomond

Age: 18 Year Old

ABV: 46%

Price: £83

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Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

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If you are looking for an Inchmurrin distillery, look no further. It does not exist. This expression is from Loch Lomond Distillery. Aptly named as it is located near the famous Scottish loch. Loch Lomond is quite a peculiar distillery in that it has the capacity to produce a great variety of spirits. The distillery currently has 7 stills: 2 conventional stills, 4 stills with rectifier columns instead of swan necks, and a coffey still. Thus they are not only able to make malt whisky with different characters but also grain whisky. Their Inchmurrin line is produced using two of the modified rectifier stills.

Distillery: Loch Lomond

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: From their website “The whisky is aged in three types of cask
bourbon, refill and re-charred casks for a period of 12 years”

ABV: 46%

Price: £34

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