Bought: Nickolls & Perks, 22nd January 2016
Cu Bocan is Tomatin’s brand name for their new line of non-aged statement (NAS) whiskies, which most distilleries are doing these days. It was the only version of Cu Bocan when it first appeared in the Whisky Bible 2014 but the 2016 edition has 5 versions. The one that scores the most is the ‘1989 Vintage’ with 95.5/100 but the ‘Virgin Oak Edition’ is only one behind with 94.5/100. Clearly the author, Jim Murray, is a fan of what Tomatin are doing. 85.5/100 for my original Cu Bocan classifies this dram as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”. Mr Murray’s review includes “an old fashioned dram: the type that Pitt the younger, or Pitt the embryo might remember…and appreciate.” About the taste he remarks “the big player is the oak which, almost, bourbon like, shovels cartloads of caramel and muscovado into the mix.” Any whisky worthy of a quote from Blackadder must be good!
81.5/100 is a good score on Whiskybase where one voter says of the taste “mildly peated and ashy, with a faint sherry influence and exotic fruits”.
Ralfy gives the Cu Bocan a very respectable 82/100 back in the days when he was happy to review NAS bottlings. Saying that he does summaries with “classic example of an average malt being heavily marketed and over-priced in order to get attention.” Here is his review on You Tube from March 2014: