Tomatin, organized by The Whisky Wire we got the possibility to taste the new Cuatro Series next to each other, all with different Sherry finishes. First up was the Fino Sherry, then followed by Manzanilla, Oloroso and PX. All distilled in 2002, transferred in 2011 for the finish in a Sherry Butt, and then bottled at 12 years old in 2014. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and no coloring added.
Sweet, vanilla, raisin, fudge, marzipan and a hint of vegetable notes. Light custard powder coming through with a hint of citrus freshness. Oranges, red apple, dry banana, nutty, and something bit like mushrooms. Sweet marshmallows in the back with beechnuts and some yeastiness.
Sweet, dried fruits and strong notes of sultana. Vanilla and a light leather/tobacco dryness combined with dark chocolate and nutmeg. Red pepper, brownie, fudge, fruitcake and mint. Very warm notes and sweet.
Medium length finish, very sweet and a hint of dry tobacco notes stay behind
Giving it a 7 out of 10. The nose and palate are very nice, but to me it just seems a little bit off balance? But that could be me. It is very warm and sweet...