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Tomatin 21-year-old

Overall rating
87.69/100
votes
94
Whiskybase ID
WB149008
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
21.01.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L210120
Barcode
5018481100800
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 Feb 2020 11:44 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 142.42

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 21-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.69 points

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: no, no water, it is so very well balanced, it could have tolerated 2-3% more. If you still try it with a little water, the wood is emphasized even more in the nose and there are more floral notes, in the mouth and in the taste it flattens out. So leave the water out

    Conclusion: The distillery did everything right, a really great whisky, which can also score with its contrast of nose and taste, plus the velvety, buttery finish - brilliant. If you want to criticize something, then maybe the somewhat strong influence of wood, but only when nosing, and maybe the lack of strength. But that is whining at a very high level. And it is also dangerously good to sip away.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense honey sweetness, a good portion of oak shavings, tropical fruits (passion fruit), coconut cream, vanilla, apples and fresh apricot peel, the alcohol is well integrated, overall very well balanced
    • Taste
      90 90
      very soft and creamy, mouth filling, lots of light fruits and a little butter, the wood is more restrained here than in the nose and supports the malt with light spicy notes
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long, very soft, balanced, again the butter association, blossom honey, fruity, vanilla and only very subtle wood notes, some ginger on the back, but without any spiciness and linden blossom honey

  2. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I came across this bottle by chance through a video from Tomek. 21er Bourbon matured that's exactly my thing. Just ordered a nice, large sample and off you go. Thanks to the Tomek.
    • Nose
      Creamy vanilla with a bright meadow of flowers. In the background the finest distillery notes. Nice balance between barrel and spirit. Both harmonize wonderfully. Striking floral with creamy citrus sugar notes. Very fine bourbon nose, ... like 88.
    • Taste
      The first thought from my childhood was peasant bread sprinkled with white sugar and lemon juice on top. Immediately afterwards full and creamy transition to the oak. Tanine dance on the tongue. In the transition there is a peppercorn that is suddenly bitten through and now there is a certain Cilly effect. Unfortunately, that remains dominant until the finish.
    • Finish
      In the middle, it dries pepper-hot and very quickly in and dominates, but only briefly, the finish. Not necessarily mine, but not annoyingly bad. Here I am now looking at the PLV! And that fits really well. Handcrafted 21er Bourbon Dram for about 100 €. That's a good offer. Made fair. Thanks to Tomatin. That's how it is done!

  3. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    lovely bourbon matured whisky - smooth side of life!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I'm surprised by how much I like this. Despite the dilution to 46%, it has the exact right level of intensity.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Yup, that's first-fill bourbon alright, oozing nectar-like sweetness and lush tropical fruits, super honeyed and creamy. Yet there are enough bitters and sour notes to balance everything out.
      It's weird: I pretty much detest 1st fill ex-bc at younger ages, but with enough maturation time, it can really become a treat - and that's the case here. Time has tampered the exuberance and syrupy, saccharine character that younger malts can display in this cask type, plus the fruitiness of Tomatin (which only really comes into its own after two decades) meshes nicely with the banana-and-tangerine aromas that 1st fill ex-bourbon wood contributes in spades. Normally I prefer ex-bc malts as an aperitif, but this would also do nicely as an after-dinner whisky. Succulent and sweet, with a soft and opulent texture like velvet.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mild attack with a nicely creamy mouthfeel. A late starter, but once it gets going, all the goodness that the nose promised is repeated on the palate. Tutti frutti, creamy custard, sweet vanilla... Plus a good dose of spice at the end to pep things up. Flawless decades-long ex-bourbon maturation that hits all the sweet spots.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still quite a few soft exotic fruit notes and a LOT of sweetness, but it's kept in check by some elegantly tart, spicy oak.

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (Notes from a blind tasting)

    Nicely balanced malt, fruity, with a subtle built-in oak note, and everything in exactly the right drinking strength.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Slightly alcoholic, fruity with a rather tropical touch: apricot, pineapple, mango. Time is good, the fruity elements continue to emerge, ripe apples are added. Behind it dry sawdust.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The impressions from the nose continue, really diverse and fruity, combined with fine oak spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, very pleasant, a slight dryness remains on the tongue.

  6. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (blind)
    • Nose
      First full of coconut. Pineapple (slight Pina Colada association) citrus fruits, grapefruit, tropical accents,
    • Taste
      Here the citrus fruits only superficially, with honey there is also a sweetness

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, peach, ginger, some tropical fruits, honey, spicy, vanilla. Well balanced, successful texture, sweetish, somewhat thin, medium body, good intensity. Unspectacular, little complexity.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a stunningly sweet, fruity, well-rounded honeydew drop.
    Not utterly complex, but very tasty and well worth the money.

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful to look at and very tasty malt with full broadsides of bright, ripe fruits from the nose to the finish. I like it better with every sip and is a very fair offer for a 21-year-old in a beautiful bottle + valuable packaging for the price of € 99.90 (as of June 2020). In addition, a nice drinking strength of 46% - what more could you want? Clear purchase recommendation.

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