Tomatin 1989 Cadenhead's
Added on Monday, Sep 21, 2009 at 09:25 PM
  Bottler: WM Cadenhead
  Age: 11 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1989 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.10 % Region: Highland
  Price: $40 Availability: Collectors Only
Bottled February 2001       Bourbon Hogshead       312 Bottles
The last of these bottles were on clearance at Binny's in late 2009 for $30 each.  Bargain!
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Peanuts and alcohol.
P: Slightly floral but otherwise blandly sweet and non-descript.
F: Surprisingly drinkable and smooth (forgive me) for this abv.
A blend lovers cask strength single malt. 
Considering what company this bottle had when I tasted it, it scored pretty well in my book.  It was clearly young and rather...well....simple.  Grassy and wet hay cereals in the nose.  Palate was soft and velvety with easy drinking fruits malts and cereals.  The nose suggested it would be harsher than the smooth palate let on and that pushed it above the B- category. 
Again, I'm a cheap date.  Cinnamon nose with grassy smoke on the palate and a delicious lingering finish.  My only complaint?  Don't tell everyone that this was $30 at Binny's without clarifying that it's long since sold out. 
I didn't get a whole lot from the nose.  And going back to the bottle just now, I still don't really get anything... I don't get it, maybe my nose is "deaf" to whatever must be in here.  Anyhow, the palate is minty with lotsa steak spices.  Bay leaves.  Cinnamon.  And, uh, well that's all I got on this one, though I do like it quite a bit... mainly from that cask-strength rush of interesting herbs and spices.  B/B+ 
N: Boozy, and not much else.
T: Much better than the nose, malty, grassy, quite good.
F: Very long but somewhat simple finish.
O: Smooth, lightly sweet and malty. This is a high B, if any of the characteristics were a bit more refined, I would have gone B+. 
OK whisky. I got nothing from the nose. The palate was was good, but I could not identify flavors.  The finish was about the same.  Not bad, but mysteriously generic.  
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