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
Cask: Ex-Bourbon and Virgin Oak