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Tomatin 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.29/100
votes
399
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
09/9101 9 152 10:25
Added on
22 Oct 2009 9:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 75,47

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399 × member ratings

676 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 18-year-old

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.29 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Once upon a time the biggest distillery in Scotland was located in the Highlands with 23 running stills. Although these times are long gone, Tomatin is a name worth remembering. A bit innocent at first, the nose is fruity and creamy with honey, sweet cherries and whiffs of wood smoke. Cloves, raisins and cocoa indicate noticeable sherry influence. On the palate, the oak is taking over with lemon zest, blood oranges and strong notes of dark chocolate. The finish is easy and flawless. Altogether, Tomatin 18 is a solid Single Malt but missing that little extra.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  Does maturation time matter?  Sure, but how much and is a longer maturation always better?  Not so sure on this, that is why I do a head-to-head of three Tomatin at different ages:  The NAS "Legacy" https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41415/tomatin-legacy (that I bought for 21,50 Euro in March, 2015) versus the 12-year old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/58291/tomatin-12-year-old (that I bought for 23,50 Euro in March, 2015) versus this 18-year old (that I bought for 55 Euro in September, 2014.  This is batch L12/9935).

    Colour:  The colour is adjusted using caramel on all three releases so it has no meaningfulness.  But for the records, the NAS is at jonquiripe corn, the 12y two shades darker at yellow gold and the 18y another two shades darker at amontillad.  Perfectly designed but with no significance, unfortunately.  The texture of the NAS shows medium fast legs with small tears, the 12y has many fast legs and late fat tears while the 18y shows late sticky tears that slowly build legs.

    Nose:  The NAS offers a rather immature nose on strong malty and nutty aromas with some fruits in the background that nevertheless is not too bad at all.  The 12y shows some modern style sherry aromas but little more than this.  The 18y offers more mature sherry aromas together with nice fruity and wooden notes.  Clearly I like the 18y best followed surprisingly by the NAS that I find significantly better than the rather one-dimensional 12y.

    Initial mouthfeel:  The NAS arrives warming and a little coating with slight adstringent moments from tannins.  The 12y is less coating but without the drying feeling of the NAS, too.  The 18y is not much coating too and shows significant more drying moments (tannins again) than the other two.  Here I like the 12y most followed by the NAS with the 18y being weakest of the three.

    Taste:  The 18y offers the broadest flavours spectrum of the three with really delicious barley sugary, sherry sweet and fruity flavours.  No flaws that I can detect.  The 12y owns a malty driven profile with some sugary sweet flavours and a few sherry-induced aromas that, again, is rather one-dimensional.  The NAS is malt-driven too with some more spices from the woods.  This round the 18y takes with a significant margin followed by the NAS.  The 12y is clearly last.

    Finish:  The finish of the NAS is of medium length and rather sweet without distracting bitter or drying moments.  The 12y has a rather short finish with some minor drying notes (papers).  The 18y finish is of medium length and adds more exotic fruity flavours to the profile that are really delicious here.  No distracting moment with the 18y.  So this round clearly goes to the 18y.  I like NAS better than the 12y, again.

    Water is not needed on any of the drams.  It turns them smoother (what I like) but it takes out a lot of power, too (what I do not like).  The nose of the 18y really improves with some drops added (more exotic fruits, one point up).

    An interesting result:  Except for the mouthfeel the 18y wins all dimensions with a clear margin (so maturation time really adds more and deeper flavours) but the young NAS (most probably around 8 years old) beats the 12y on all these dimensions, too.  But I guess that they added some older casks to the "Legacy" that provided these additional aromas profile - what is a usual practice these days.  So, NAS not always is too bad... 

    By the way:  I just repeated this head-to-head with a visitor that is very new into single malt whisky (and without telling him my results).  He came to the same conclusion:  18y best, then NAS "Legacy" as a runner-up and 12y being clearly last.  Incidental?  No, "it is as it is" (a famous slogan in the german region I live in)...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant fruity Tomatin, but slightly too light.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, ripe fruits, malt, spicy oak, citruses and gerbeaud.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Tannic oak, citruses, honey, malt, fruits, pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

  6. mosesumike scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately he is too easy for the price. He is not fish not meat. Friday evening Fererabend whisky. But too expensive.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Slight smokiness at the beginning and some nutmeg. More like pears like apples. Apple Helene. Malty sweet and fruity. A well-balanced nose but not unique.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oha, he gets down to business. Impetuously he spreads honey and Helene. Pepper and woody with dry fruits. The sweet malt again.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium to long it spreads bitterly warming a malty finish.

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A typical Highlander, the flesh of the flesh, so to speak, without superfluous deviations - the golden mean, well-executed, balanced and spicy, sufficient fortress - densely and richly, but at the same time softly and not hard. A sort of classic standard, it may seem a bit boring and simple against the background of the expansion of the limits allowed for the current phase of whisky boomers, but it is valuable.
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, mineral-woody, floral and citrus notes in the background, dried fruits, dried mushrooms, dry earth, a little creamy confectionery motifs.
    • Taste
      Spicy oak, creamy sweetness, light pepper-ginger wave, crackers, light bitterness of light beer.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, beer bitterness on sweet and sour lemonade substrate.

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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