...and looking at all the other euphoric reviews and rates here at WB it could well be that this was a fake and someone filled something completely different into an empty bottle of this Tomatin. The dram I drank was absolutely unimpressive and way too woody with slight sulphurous notes - a whisky to forget (it was the disappointment of that evening, not just for me but for most club members).
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a wood-driven modern sherry profile with not much of the Tomatin aromas left. It consists mainly of bitter-herbal wooden impressions with slight sulphurous off-notes (matches, fireworks) and hints of the sherry aromas only. Where is the Tomatin? This is absolutely not a profile I like and to me it is neither complex nor delicate - it is the profile of an exhausted sherry cask which did not support the maturation of the malt. After significant breathing time the sherry aromas grow a little stronger but still this nose is not impressive (unless you like sulphured woods).
The taste is oak, oak, oak, and a little bit of sherry. Again no Tomatin to detect in here - all stays bitter-astringent without any delicious flavours at all. Actually, I used the spittoon.
The initial mouthfeel is warming but not really coating with a significant bitter impression (tannins, sulphur). The finish is short as a lightning and adds no new impressions, not even a bitter-drying wooden one. Water releases some more sweet barley sugary notes (on the palate only) but it does not really improve the dram. I do not like this one neither neat nor reduced.