Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tomatin Dualchas

Hello single malters, today I am reviewing Tomatin Dualchas Highland Scotch. In today's blog I will share the following info-
  • My research on the history behind this whisky
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
Tomatin- the softer side of the highlands reads the product label. The Tomatin Distillery was established in 1897. The settlement in this place was only established after the wealth created by the distillery. Wow! so it has a huge impact on the history of this region. The word Tomatin translates to "Hill of the Juniper Bush". Its source of soft highland water is from Alt Na Firth meaning "Free burn"(Burn implies river). What is interesting is when they opened the distillery there was no workforce; the only inhabitants were cattle drovers & shepherds. Then the company began a project to accommodate its workforce.  So now, Tomatin is one of the few distilleries to provide home for its dedicated craftsmen. This shows the level of commitment both by the distillery and craftsmen in creating an exceptional product. 
Now about Dualchas, the time spend in bourbon barrels and virgin oak casks brings a light sweetness. It has No Age Statement(NAS) so it must be a younger whisky. Apparently more than 3 years by law to make it a single malt, so my guess is it must be between 4 to 5 years. Can you take a guess in the comment section below?

Vital Stats- Tomatin Dualchas Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $24.49
Age-  NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 43%
Region-  Highland
Distillery- The Tomatin Distillery Co., Inverness, UK
Awards won- 2016 Icons of whisky-Distiller of the year 2017 Icons of whisky-Brand innovator 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style-  Neat
Appearance- Beautiful light golden

Aroma- Fresh fruity, tangerine, banana, pear.Oak, vanilla,chocolate, marshmallow.
Flavor- Sweetness from pear, banana and new virgin oak barrel. Citrus, lemon, banana.
Body- Light
Finish- Non existent, short dry non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Even though it has a pleasant appearance & aroma with decent flavor , the finish is disappointing. Having said that ,it is an amazing deal for this price point $25 with 43% ABV which is way better than a Glenlivet Founders Reserve. 
Occasions Best Enjoyed- Casual drinking, parties. I would call it a summer whisky.
Cocktails- Neat or on the rocks
Food Pairings- Pork Ribs, the fatty pork ribs went well with the slightly higher ABV 

SJ's Pro tip- I enjoyed it with club soda which was a pleasant combination

This has been an amazing experience, I absolutely enjoyed exploring this new whisky & presenting my findings to help anyone looking for some answers. 
Check it out , happy & safe drinking! Cheers 🥃🥃🥃 
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