Tomatin Decades

Overall rating
87.86/100
votes
288
Whiskybase ID
WB23361
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
2011/06/20 L030538
Barcode
5018481005105
Added on
02 jul 2011 11:58 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1999.34

31 × in wishlist

288 × member ratings

496 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Tomatin Decades

34 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.86 points.

  1. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, but nowhere near the tropical fruitiness of Decades II.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I am very happy to have had it in my glass again in an online blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Color:
      Rich gold

      Nose:
      Very waxy start. Then immediately a subtle acrylic note. Williams Christ pear and damp wood. A sour white wine note. Always has a sour floral effect.
      With a little time in the glass more coniferous wood and light essential oils.
      With even more service life, the colleague develops sweeter again. Vanilla, caramel and candied apple. I mean to smell a trace of smoke. In addition, discreetly maritime. Is very interesting.
    • Taste
      First soft, then stronger with tropical flavors. In addition, the alcohol pushes something. A pinch of salt and again the spark of smoke. Pleasant oiliness.
      With the second sip, more pepper and now also significantly more mineral. Some tart herbs and more dried fruit here at the moment.
    • Finish
      medium length Nicely balanced with a lot of smoke.

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Extremely well balanced but also somewhat understated on the nose (or perhaps my sample has already lost a bit of power). If you take your time with it, you're rewarded by a veritable fruit salad that is framed in equal measure by mellow, spicy/herbal oak tones and creamy vanilla custard aroma. After a while, I'm left to wonder if there's a whiff of peat in here as well. Extremely complex, even though you'd like a few extra percentage points to give everything more definition.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The older components are undeniable on the palate, bringing along a cavalcade of exotic fruits and the signature oaky/smoky backdrop only seen in 30-and-older malts. Really, really good.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Charcoal, multi-fruit-juice, and creamy, mellow old oak.

  5. wako93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Brute good nose. Super balanced on the palate. Unfortunately, that certain something is missing and of course a few percent.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Great nose. Wide fruit load. Apple pear. Thorn or currant. Then drifting a little into the tropical. Looks very broad, with honey in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      very creamy. old school flavor. very round, everything very finely woven. Here fruit, sweetness, tartness and sharpness are the perfect balance. I'm missing some punch though.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Grapefruit, citrus. creamy, slightly tart.

  6. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. LordBellamy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Water: no, it is perfectly balanced at 46%

    Conclusion: Multivintage at it's very best. The thing is simply a cracker, here everything that makes up tomatin is combined, plus an extremely successful balance between old, venerable barrels that bring maturity and complexity and young malts that keep the whisky alive without taking away from its mature complexity . This is how whisky has to be! Give it time and you will be rewarded with a perfectly balanced malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      slightly buttery, exotic fruits, passion fruit, apricot, slightly nutty, creamy, oak notes, but not too strong, lively, vanilla, melon, coconut cream, lemon balm, honey, marjoram, lovage, pear, some orange zest, grapefruit ... hear the impressions not at all.
    • Taste
      91 91
      easy start, but quickly becomes oily and full, lots of flavors dance on the tongue, dried fruit, apricot, oranges, spicy oak, vanilla, butter, biscuit dough, grated coconut
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, very long, brilliant combination of dried apricots, oak notes, vanilla, seasoning, cereals, a little sherry

  8. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really good tomato!
    [Color] straw;
    • Nose
      fresh fruit flavors (juicy pears, peach, grapefruit, lemmon), delicate oak;
    • Taste
      strong full start, juicy (exotic?) fruit variety, honey, spice, dark chocolate; complex;
    • Finish
      long fruity finish, strong spicy finish;

  10. Jeadrick scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting.

    Balanced and very diverse.
    • Nose
      90 90
      At the beginning fine, almost discreet. Then you will find tropical fruits, mango, peach. Herbs (which I can not name exactly) are in honey. Fresh and menthol again and again.
      Deep in the background, oak chips, as I often find them in old (over 20y) bourbon barrel aged malts.
    • Taste
      89 89
      First sweet, then peppery on the tongue. Honey again and the tropical fruits. After some time in the mouth, the tannins on the tongue and on the palate come out.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Good medium length. Warming slightly, again with honey, later with dark chocolate and espresso and tannins.

  12. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Harmonious and balanced, but especially not only in the nose and very complex. Seems incredibly familiar to me.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Okay, I know him and this successful combination of old and younger notes has also shown here. A successful experiment was that time. Actually, it takes much more time than I have just given him. One that I would really like to try in barrel size. Thinning has certainly lost a lot.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Incredibly strong right at the beginning with overripe fruit and chalk. Some life time adds a lot of salt, a touch of chocolate and sweat, with a bit of menthol. Pears and cardboard box. Heated, honey is added and the box of kitchen herbs is opened, lovage, marjoram, tarragon, the sweetness disappears completely.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild approach with honey and chocolate, a little time-delayed comes black pepper while tapping the tannins on the back of the palate. In the second sip clearly tanned, but still in full balance. Dark chocolate, back coffee now with a clear acidity.
    • Finish
      91 91
      He goes very slowly with some licorice but mainly chocolate and a few herbs. Warms up for a long time. In the second sip, the acidity on the palate is quite long.

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      very fruity, tasty nose, sun-ripened cantaloupe melon, yellow kiwi, gooseberries, lime with cane sugar, fresh mint, lemon balm, birch sap, coconut cream, Turkish delight, carambola, green cucumber freshly cut, flowering mountain herb meadow (sage, thyme, rosemary)
    • Taste
      91 91
      very creamy noble oak (rather young and light wood) coconut cream with mild sweetness, citrus mint, crystalline flowers - now comes here also this very delicious fruity melon, green banana, pineapple yogurt, ever chewable, pulsating fruity always on the move, extremely yummy
    • Finish
      91 91
      very round and cultivated - caramelised oak, biscuits with vanilla, juice from green bark, delicate waxy note, some sweet wood, salt liquorice - very long if tender at the end.

  14. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 343: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5YAxvRuVo (91/100).

    "This is good whisky by any standards, whether you're smelling it or tasting it. The intrinsic quality of the make of this single malt is very good indeed..."

  15. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/tomatin-decades/

  16. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2011]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 72 Euro in October, 2011.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state an easy to drink and quite interesting to explore dram.  It takes its time to fully understand this malt but it is worthwhile to go for it...

  17. rdavek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a beautifully constructed dram.  Starts with a fruity sweetness, develops some chocolate and savory notes in the mid-palate, then finishes with baking spices and just the tiniest hint of bitterness as it fades away making me want to take another sip.  Initially I thought it might have benefited from a little more alcohol, but after a couple of drams I'm convinced it was bottled at just the right strength.  Really outstanding.

  18. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Vegetable nose and pastry, quite green. Sweet attack then confirmation of aromas of the nose with the addition of a slight woody, pleasant texture and well integrated alcohol. Short final, lack of charm and character, harmless.

  19. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. eleiko5 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tomatin Decades
    (46%, OB 2011, 9000 btl.)

    Nose: starts buttery and milky, with hints of vanilla ice cream. Soon these notes are overtaken by juicy fruits: stewed apples, peaches, but also great hints of tropical fruits. Dried fruits from the sherry are present on a lower level as well as some marzipan and caramel. Even some traces of peat. Nicely layered, plenty of things to discover. Mouth: creamy again (fruits with whipped cream, yum). Apples, orange sherbet, papaya… Vanilla and cinnamon. Faint butterscotch notes. Sweetish, fresh and balanced. Finish: medium long, hints of drying oak now, and soft spices.

    This Tomatin Decades is well composed. It’s nice to see the typical 1960-1970’s fruitiness mixed with vibrant flavours and a creaminess from the younger casks. Fair pricing as well, so recommended. Around € 80.

    Score: 89/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2011/tomatin/tomatin-decades/

     

     

  21. The_Sam scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  23. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Creamy, flowery, sweet, vanilla, pears, peaches
    • Taste
      Creamy, fruity, sweet, butter, oranges
    • Finish
      Medium long, creamy, bitter, grapefruit, oaky

  24. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, a surprisingly complex and voluminoese malt.
    • Nose
      Fine, summer-sweet and exotic-fruity. Mango, peach, apple, pear, orange ... a whole bowl of fruit. Including fresh meadow flowers and malt sugar. In the background some oak and spices as well as a hint of ginger and blood orange as well as vanilla.
      A great nose, which gains in complexity with time.
    • Taste
      A deliciously sweet fruit smoothie, citrus fruit, peach, orange in honey glaze. Also some ginger and salmiak, caramel and vanilla. Followed by malt, oak and a touch of coffee.
    • Finish
      Long with salmiak, dark chocolate with orange, malt and little oak. Warm and pleasant.

  25. Ivynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bitter and a bit young. In my opinion, there is especially Tomatin 2000 'in the mix
    • Nose
      Nose typed "young speyside", on the green apple, cinnamon, vanilla. the barrel is felt
    • Taste
      Quite fine, but the first attack is bitter, young, with a lot of wood, almost board. Then come yellow fruits, and interesting floral notes (violet? Pink?) And a star anise.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, on vanilla and apple. Always a lot of wood

  26. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. magic_slim scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good, but the different decades are not really harmonising.
    • Nose
      Mellow with notes of fruit loop breakfast cereals and vanilla. The fruity aromas remind me of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, strawberry puree and Crepe Suzette Sauce. Nice and pleasant.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly strong - tastes like chewing orange peels. 

      Malty with notes of Golden Delicious apples, fudge and cake. Quite some oaky aromas as well.
    • Finish
      White pepper, oaky, slightly dry and bitter.

  28. Suriname scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent dram with a very attractive price given the quality of the product.
    • Nose
      Fruity (orange, apple, grape), vanilla, delicately malty, caramel.
    • Taste
      Creamy and fruity (orange, apple, passion fruit, pear), butter biscuit, caramel, hints of sherry, a little spice, slightly woody.
    • Finish
      Long, the mouth dries a little, floral notes, wood influence, spices and a saline touch on the tongue.

  30. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Duncan RColour: Gold
    Aroma: Soft fruits, delicate vanilla, hint of smoke
    Palate: Soft peat, forest fruits, vanilla soft sweetness
    Finish: Balanced, light, earthy, lingeringThe

    influence of a small amount of peat, which they have been using in a

    small number of batches of spirit since 2005, added yet another

    dimension to what is a very versatile whisky.

  31. spatti scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      peachand apricot, almond, freshly baked biscuit
    • Taste
      light wood, buttery sherry notes, black currant leaves
    • Finish
      herbal, light wood, peach and apricot again

  32. cuhp did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official Tasting Notes
    Nose: A lovely sweet maltiness gives way to juicy, fruity aromas of fresh peach, apple and pear with gentle hints of dried apricots and raisins. Delicate flowery notes sit on top of rich pine and robust oak wood. The hint of a distant smouldering fire wafts about in the background.
    Palate: The taste buds are tantalised by intense flavours of tropical fruit, rich Christmas cake, aniseed, cinnamon and creamy fudge. The rich malty sweetness returns with a nutty edge.
    Finish: Mellow and memorable, like the man himself.

  33. I_SPEY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The colour is gold, the nose has sweet malt aromas of peaches, apples, pears, apricots, raisins and smoke. The palate is nice and fruity with notes of cake and cinnamon; the finish is smooth, rather long, with fruits and smoke. Nice dram!

  34. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This Tomatin Decades is well composed. It's nice to see the typical 1960-1970's fruitiness mixed with vibrant flavours and a creaminess from the younger casks. Fair pricing as well.
    • Nose
      Starts buttery and milky, with hints of vanilla ice cream. Soon these notes are overtaken by juicy fruits: stewed apples, peaches, but also faint tropical notes. Dried fruits on a lower level as well as some marzipan and caramel. Even some traces of peat. Nicely layered, plenty of things to discover.
    • Taste
      Creamy again (fruits with whipped cream, yum). Apples, orange sherbet, papaya... Vanilla and cinnamon. Faint butterscotch notes. Sweetish, fresh and balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium long, hints of drying oak now, and soft spices.

  35. Vassago Clynelish scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Special limited edition bottling to celebrate Douglas Campbell, the current Master Distiller, 50th year of service with the company.

    Casks distilled 1967 / 1976 / 1984 / 1990 / 2005

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