The 2006 Fino expression was matured for 13 years at Tomatin Distillery on the 10th November 2006 and moved to the finest Spanish Fino Sherry butts on 12th November 2015. – Tomatin
“We strive to produce remarkable expressions that appeal to not only our existing customers, but to a wider audience too. The 2006 Fino is a great example of our dedication to craft and excellence. The combination of both sweet and savoury notes gives a finish like no other, and we hope it will entice both whisky enthusiasts and novices to try this new edition.”– Graham Eunson, Master Distiller at Tomatin
Appearance: Lighter than I’d expect fr a sherry cask. Light honey gold. Coats the glass well, good legs.
Nose: Bags of fruit and berries. Plum pie and cream, all mixed together. It’s a lovely fresh, but warm and wintery and comforting nose, deep and rich.
There’s a backing track of confectionary sugar, balancing the slight sharpness of the fruits.
I’m looking forward to the palate.
Palate: The palate is far less fruity than the nose. If blind tasting I wouldn;t think this was the same whiskey. More honey and vanilla, less of the sherry influence. Still quite sweet, a touch of liquorice and some dull spice too.
Quite a pleasant mouthfeel, oily, not buttery, but oily. There’s some nuttiness and a bit of chocolate in there too, think Cadburys Whole Nut (as it was, not the bastardised chopped nut version that they now punt).
Finish: Medium in length. Chocolate and nuts, some butter cream. Slightly drying and metallic.
Overall: Wonderful deep rich and fruity nose. Very friendly indeed. Unfortunately, for me, the palate and finish let it down in their lack of the elements the nose promised. It’s not a bad whisky by any means, it’s just the start is too strong and the rest of the experience can;t back it up.