Last fall, Tomatin distillery released 2 new expressions focusing on the finishes. The younger one is Caribbean Rum finished and the other one was finished in Amontillado finished.
Today we’ll check out the Rum finished one. This Tomatin was distilled in 2009, moved to Caribbean Rum Barrels in 2018 after nine years and then it spent another in 1st fill Caribbean Rum Barrels.
7,200 bottles at 46% were produced and it’s non chill-filtered and at natural color.
Tomatin 2009 Caribbean Rum Finish (46%, £46.95/€48)
Nose: Smells young and spirity, Green banana leaves, honey, soft and gentle whiffs of funk and Esters. a lot of cereals, butterscotch, shortbread, green fruits and white pepper lurks deep below.
Palate: Again feels very young and spirity with lots of cereals, white pepper and oak spice, a spoon of honey, Demerara sugar and finally some weak rum impact of fermented banana.
Finish: Short medium, pepper and oak spice, cereals, green banana and honey.
Thoughts: Sorry but I don’t buy this one. I think it’s a bit too young and immature (a bit too tired refill casks?) and it could benefit from another year in the Rum casks for stronger influence to hide the youth.