Review 661: Tomatin 1965 37 Year

Time to taste an older Tomatin bottled by Duncan Tailer as part of their “peerless” series. This was part of a line-up for the 10th anniversary for drankenspeciaalzaak ‘Bij Thijs’ with very special old and rare whisky’s. Thank you Thijs for sharing this!!

Lets find out how it performs in my glass.

What they write about it:

Well nothing actually, their website only provides general information about what they do. there is nog historical reference to any bottle, alas.

Distillery:Tomatin Distillery
Region:Highlands
Location:Tomatin, Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Owner:Tomatin Distillery Co.
Founded:1897
Status:Active
Water Source:Allt na Frithe Burn
Stills:12 Wash stills
11 Spirit stills
Capacity:5.000.000 Liter pure alcohol per year

Expression:Tomatin 1965 37 Year
Category:Single malt
Bottled by:Duncan Taylor - Peerless
Age:37 Year
ABV (% Alc):48.0%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:January 1965
Bottle date:December 2002
Vintage:1965
Maturation:Not stated
Cask number:1909
Bottle number:167 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Light amber

Smell:
A fresh, fruity, elegant and balanced whisky with aromas of gooseberry jam, acacia honey, fresh berries, spices (cinnamon, ginger), coumarin, vanilla, hint of handsoap, honeycomb, fresh ripe figs, hint of sulphur, slight copper tone, cardboard, old books, mint tea, hint of sultanas, floral tones and surprisingly hardly any wood.

Taste:
A sweet, subtle and balanced whisky with aromas of white pepper, creamy oak, orange peels, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice), tannins, bayleaf, liquorice, mint tea, spearmint, red currants, pear drops, green apple and floral tones.

Finish:
A medium long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of spearmint, tannins, metallic tones, pepper, hint of varnish, hint of caramel and subtle oak.

Conclusion:
For such an old expression of Tomatin it is quite on the simple and one-dimensional side of things. It is quite soft, smooth and a bit boring really and yet it bring an elegance to the nose.
All in all fun to taste.

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?