A sherried NAS single malt from Tomintoul, specially designed to be paired with cigars. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks, sourced from Andalucia.
“Robert Fleming personally selected an intricate combination of Tomintoul single malts from specially selected vintages, which he has carefully balanced with some rare peated Tomintoul single malt.– TOMINTOUL
Each of these individual single malts has been either matured fully or finished in hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts, sourced from the partner bodegas in Andalucia, Spain.
The Tomintoul Cigar Malt is also referred to as Tomintoul Cigar Malt Parejo, because it has been created to be the perfect ‘Parejo’ (Spanish for “partner”) to the world’s finest cigars. The rich and sweet oloroso sherry notes, creamy malt profile and gentle peat smoke make this single malt the perfect accompaniment to savour alongside your favourite cigar or just to appreciate and enjoy by itself.”
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Appearance: Auburn/deep amber. Very autumnal. Nice and viscous, medium oily legs.
Nose: Immediately the sherry influence is evident. Rich and luxurious with lush maraschino cherries, oak and a hint of sweet smoke.
Very earthy: forest floor and tree bark. A touch of icing sugar adds a subtle sweet balance too.
After a while, some dustiness shows up, reminiscent of a grand hotel lounge with large oak and leather chairs, freshly varnished.
Palate: Quite a spicy arrival, black pepper and a touch dry. The liquid itself is nice and oily/buttery.
The spices dissipate from sip 2 onwards, allowing other flavour notes to reveal themselves. Fruit and nut chocolate bar!
There is a metallic tinge, copper, but it’s not offputting with this particular whisky, I pick up this note a lot with sherry matured.
Finish: The finish has a pleasant heat to it, with a balance of the sherry sweetness.
Overall: Very nice indeed. I don’t smoke (any more) but, if I did, I would love to pair a cigar with this and believe it would live up to its description as a great partner for one!Follow @RockNRolla60