Overall rating
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

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44 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1965 JW

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. 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.

  2. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Gusto scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    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

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  5. schansche did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SO much fun! This nose is fantastically entertaining! 

  6. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  7. 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)

  8. 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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