Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
The Cross Hill
Stated Age
41 years old
Sherry cask
Number of bottles
50.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 jan 2008 4:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 445.00

15 × in wishlist

51 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1965 JW

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    You don't often have a 41-year-old malt from 1965 in your glass, so thanks to hs305 that I can even taste this whisky twice.

    Update: After I was able to taste it again today, it is the most exciting and best whisky I have had in my glass so far. It doesn't have the roundness, perfection or fame of an old Macallan, but for me it's an experience because of its individuality, its rough edges, its depth and its intensity.
    PS: and it's very tasty too :-)
    • Nose
      93 93
      blender glass

      Maybe the first nose reminds me of espresso liqueur because it's even darker than coffee.
      Five minutes later, the liqueur in the espresso has disappeared, but a powerful and sublime, much finer sherry sweetness takes over.
      The wood, leather and tobacco notes can now only be guessed at. I also dissolved activated charcoal in water.

      More time gets him out of the old reading room and presents hazelnut butter, macadamia and only now do I notice how subtle the necessary wood note is.

      The alcohol is the perfect strength and I notice a dried plum note.
      After 20 minutes, the dried, old oak note that I like so much in old malts finally comes through clearly.
      At the very back there is a minimally perceptible mint note, grandpa's herbal sweets, flavored tobacco with dark chocolate aroma.

      A colorful and large bouquet of exciting aromas.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Blue Blinders

      Wow, the start is special and unusual. Lots of dark oak, dry and fine tannins that are gently astringent on the tongue.
      Roasted coffee, dried sweetness, pan-fried brown sugar with roasted almonds and a switch to a premium leather belt. Actually a classic profile for the key data, but at the same time there are unknown notes that I can't grasp, perhaps spicy fruit. Wet coal and sweet dry wood.

      I put half a drop of water in the last sip because I really want to test it, but the malt is too strong for the water to change its power and intensity.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, sweetish, dry, old and intense.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2015]  I bought this bottle for 152 Euro in January, 2010 and this is my last saved sample.  I call this a "chameleon malt".  I never experienced a malt that changed its nose and taste that often and that much over a timespan of several hours like this one.  Initially this "beast" is a little hard to approach, too many different impressions fight each other.  But leave this in the glass for maybe two hours and sniff / taste every 15 minutes - I guarantee you will be flabbergasted!  Otherwise send this bottle to me and I will get you a case of your favourite malt for it...

    By the way:  There will be times when you are disappointed with this dram's taste (esp. at the beginning of a tasting session), but simply wait another 10 minutes and this will change to total satisfaction.  The most unusual malt I ever experienced!!!  ...so far...

    [January, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 152 Euro in March, 2006 to do more detailed notes (see below). And I like it even better!
    • Nose
      96 96
      The colour is very dark at old oak and the nose offers a bold plum-cherry treacle aroma right after serving the dram with some strong liquorice notes. Wow, this is strange! After some breathing an extremely complex profile enfolds with old port wine, different jams, some bubble-gum and many more. Twenty minutes later very interesting aromas of both natural and machine oils pop up together with honey and nougat notes.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-multi layered on an over-ripe fruit stew first before sour winey flavours turn it into a fruit liquorice setting. After that dark chocolatey and mocha notes pop up and all of a sudden the whole provides the profile of an old delicious carribean rum (you ever tried a Caroni?). I am completely surprised that despite all these rich flavours the whole stays balanced and harmonic - how can that be? After some chewing dozens of spicy and herbal wooden notes arrive and a certain sourdough bread flavour develops over time. Leave it in the glass for more than 20 minutes and all of a sudden it tastes like a grand old champagne cognac (50+years). After that another liquorice attack starts over and ... find out yourself how this thrilling movie ends! Just a little hint: Did you ever taste original Nuremberger lebkuchen? Oooh, I love that!
    • Finish
      89 89
      The whisky arrives bold and thick on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with an interesting dark chocolatey film, very astonishing! The finish is virtually endless and adds balsamic vinegar and herbal liquor flavours that are again ... flabbergasting! The woods are strong but never too bitter because all the other bold flavours keep them contained. Unfortunately, It gets cardboardy at the very end what I do not like. Some water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and more approachable but it strengthens the bitter-drying wooden notes, too. A further reduction does actually the same so play around with water to find the level that suits you best. I prefer the neat dram, to be honest.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This has a very distinctive nose because to me it smells more like brandy or some other spirit but the important thing is I like it.
    Smells like rich toffee pudding with salted caramel, this whisky has definitely got a desert nose.
    The initial taste it sweet but then the oak starts to scream at you and quickly takes control. and then the battle begins between the pudding sweetness against the oak , you have to give something like this a little time as the liquid takes on a syrupy quality and a toffee, syrup sweetness starts to edge ahead as the wood gradually fades into the background, it doesn't go just it has had it's wing clipped so to speak.
    Water does improve it a little, the fruit is stewed apple, well toffee apple actually.
    This is not an easy whisky but it is entertaining, I would call this a desert whisky
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Hector_Savage scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    "You are stranded on a lonely island and you can wish for a bottle of your choice, which malt would that be?"
    This Tomatin falls into this category, because you would probably discover new aromas even after the umpteenth time in the glass... At least in the nose.

    A whisky that changes incredibly on the nose, which is naturally characterized by dark aromas, but is by no means clumsy.
    Rarely had such a deep, interwoven and multi-layered nose, which at the same time comes across as totally balanced - great cinema, with a heart note of salmiak pastilles.

    Unfortunately, it was to be expected that the palate could not quite keep up with such a grandiose nose, but this does not change the special feature of this bottling.
    Once in the mouth, it is immediately dust-dry and earthy, with lots of espresso, fresh tobacco, liquorice, dark chocolate, etc.
    With all these aromas originating from this category, it dresses the mouth wonderfully.
    Also super exciting here, but as I said, not quite as overwhelming as the nose.

    The finish is very long with a wine-like liquorice note and you munch on it for a long time.

  5. whiskystore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow the nose is old, maybe the best nose ever.

    The wood and the oakiness destroys this one

    Sorry, some perfect elemetnts cant save this one.

    And how can i score this one to 89p
    The nose, the nose, the nose, the best nose ever.

    Thank you lincolnimp for this sample.

  6. Sensefreak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tomatin is one of my favorite distilleries, and this wonderfull dram was yesterday (28May2022) sold on WhiskyAuction.com for the considerable sum of 1449 euro.

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Gusto scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Such a complex and dense malt offers something: this challenges, present sherry, beautiful there, but sour?
    Certainly he will not find his followers - me.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  10. schansche did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SO much fun! This nose is fantastically entertaining! 

  11. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 410,-€ and for 445,-€ at Whiskyauction 01/2016.

  12. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/zwei-1965er-tomatin-im-vergleich-jack-wieber-vs-hart-brothers-32499/ Color: Rusty red - Amontilado Sherry
    Nose: licorice bomb! Pistachio ice cream with brittle, honey, toffee and aromas of stale cola. Light sherry, red fruits / berries (cherries, currants, strawberries) and refreshing herbal mint sweets. In addition a pleasant logging. Class!
    Taste: Very perfumed wood, stain, wood polish, artificial care, tart green nuts, horse saddle bag, medical notes lined with eucalyptus. With unsweetened black elderberry. Infinite bitter, sour and intense "incompatible".
    Finish: Very long (unfortunately does not stop) - extremely bitter cough syrup with eucalyptus flavors and "Fischerman's Friend" pastilles. After the bitter taste has subsided, notes of licorice, cola and woodruff will appear. You want to have more of it now! Leather and even slightly fruity honey aromas are back in the game.
    Comment: This is the "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hide "among the malts. On the one hand terribly bitter, sour and sometimes even "disgusting" and on the other hand challenging, demanding and ultra interesting! Actually not definable in points, as parts of the malts move below the 50-point line, others in the uppermost area. What a crazy malt!
    85 points (nose: 91 / taste: 78 / finish: 85)

  13. LordBellamy scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    very strange nose, sherry, maggi, and lots of shoe-wax, some leather, old furniture, cherry

    on the palate not very round, wood/oak, sherry, and shoewax again

    finish: long, dry, again shoewax, sherry and heavy oak influence

    If you love shoewax, this one should be your first choice - I rated this whisky with 80 points


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