A 1990 vintage single malt from the Tomatin distillery, released as part of its Cù Bòcan series - named for a ghostly hound in the highlands. These releases are smoky expressions, making a change from Tomatin's usual unpeated whiskies. However, the distillery has only been doing short bursts of peated whisky distilling since 2005 - how have they got subtly smoky whisky distilled back in 1990? Well, this expression is drawn from casks that previously held heavily peated Islay whisky, imparting wafts of smoke to the spirit. Fascinating stuff for sure. 1,400 bottles were produced. Bottled at 52.9% ABV.
Lots of tropical bourbon cask notes, coconut, vanilla, bananna and pear to start. The smoke is delicate like a the embers of a dying bonfire but it's there. Floral and fruity on the palate in the Tomatin style, mango, pear but also a coastal note, saline and slight bbq notes. A touch of leather and ash on the end. The finish is fresh with spice and old wood.