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Tomatin - Italian Collection - Barolo

€84.37 $91.40 £72.00

Chocolate

Cocoa, cream, coffee beans

“Scotch and Chocolate” is the name of an instrumental piece from the American bluegrass band Nickel Creek. Bluegrass musicians generally know a thing or two about whisky, and right enough, the two are natural pairings (that goes both for Scotch and chocolate and for whisky and bluegrass!) - not least because many Scotch whiskies themselves have flavours that can be compared to chocolate, whether it be the creaminess of milk chocolate or the richness and coffee-bean-like bitterness of dark chocolate.

Chocolatey flavours are often the result of sherry-cask maturation, much like dried fruit - indeed, the two flavours often go together, as with the classic Macallans or Glendronachs. In particular, younger whiskies - especially blends - containing a proportion of sherry-matured malt often have an overtly sweet milk-chocolate character; older malts often become richer and more bitter, with dark chocolate or coffee notes. Dalmore is an excellent example of the latter, while a lighter style is key to the appeal of the underrated islander Tobermory.

The rich and heavy sweet flavours encapsulated by this flavour profile are often the result of the charring of oak casks, which produces compounds known as lactones (so named because of their similarity, in terms of flavour, to dairy products). It is therefore entirely consistent that the creamy, buttery characteristics of this flavour are often associated with bourbon: the new wood which gives bourbon its particular character provides strong chocolatey flavours, represented in Scotland by Glen Garioch Virgin Oak or Auchentoshan Virgin Oak; Talisker Storm is another good example, where freshly-charred rejuvenated casks provide a buttery, bourbon-like mouthfeel missing from the refill-cask-matured 10-year-old.

Chocolatey flavours are an obvious complement to the more dairy-like or milky elements of certain cigar styles - Rafael Gonzales or Hoyo de Monterrey would be good pairings, for example.

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Tomatin Italian Collection Barolo
12 year old, 70cl, 46% abv

The Italian Collection from Tomatin consists of three releases...read more

Tasting Notes

Nose:
Fragrant and aromatic nose, accented with notes of chocolate and almond

Palate:
red fruits - cranberry and cherry - with hints of orange zest and baking spice.

Finish:
Sweet with delicate lingering nuttiness

Product Info

Tomatin Italian Collection Barolo
12 year old, 70cl, 46% abv

The Italian Collection from Tomatin consists of three releases finished in Italian wine casks.

This release was distilled in 2010 and aged for ten years in ex-bourbon casks followed by a finishing period in barrels that formerly held Barolo.

Barolo is a dry red wine made entirely from the nebbiolo grape in Piedmont, and is one of Italy's most prestigious wines

Product Brand

Tomatin distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the village of Tomatin. Its whisky is classified as being from the Highland region, as it is 25 minutes south of Inverness.

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Note: Regrettably we cannot ship cigars or any other tobacco products to the USA and Canada.

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