Review: Lonach Tomatin 43 Years Old
Lonach is a rarely seen independent bottler that, of late, has specialized in bottling some very old spirits at very affordable prices. This bottling of Speyside’s Tomatin was distilled in 1965 and bottled in 2009 at 43 years of age.
It’s a cask strength release, but just 41.1% abv given all the alcohol evaporation it’s seen. I had the pleasure of tasting this well-aged monster.
Light cereal on the nose, with notes of incense and some walnuts. On the palate, the whisky reveals some citrus notes, well-roasted grains, a bit of lumberyard, and just a handful of chewy, dried fruits. While it’s fairly obvious that this whisky has spent a few too many years in barrel, robbing it of its sweetness and its fruity essence, it hasn’t totally beaten up the Tomatin. What remains, as is often the case with very old spirits, is an austere and restrained dram, lightly oxidized but still welcoming you with open arms, as frail as they might be becoming.
A- / $165 / lonachwhisky.com
This has to be some dang good scotch whiskey at $165.00 per bottle. I have never had a drink of it, but I would love to try it sometime and I know that my son-in-law would love to try it.
a subsidary of the better known independent bottler Duncan Taylor of Huntly in Scotland.
Lonachs used to be bottlings of very old casks that did not make it into the DT Peerless collection.