Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
35 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
44.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2013 11:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 450.00

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1978 CA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.09 points

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A grand Tomatin, very complex and well
    matured in first class bourbon casks. Wonderfully composed, extremely
    fruity – and the gently throbbing mango finish with just a little
    bit of wood spices is just sensational. Love it.
    • Nose
      Rum raisin ice cream with a pinch of
      cinnamon, glacéed apricots, passion fruit, mango, honey, caramel,
      roasted almonds, some coconut, a touch of oak wood with high end
      vanilla and some beeswax. Very fruity profile, in the background
      there is more grassiness though: luscious, fresh mown field, flower
      meadow. Wonderful nose. Considering the age it's a beautifully
      playful and nervous whisky with a fantastic balance.
    • Taste
      A sweet and fruity whirlwind attacks
      the palate with multi vitamin juice, raisins, orange peel and
      honeydew melon. In the middle woody flavors join in and provide the
      malt with backbone and a nice complexity. Curry, vanilla pod, some
      ginger, a bit of cinnamon. In the back of the palate the whisky
      changes to sweetness again and develops to a fantastic and vibrant
      finale. A delicate waxiness equilibrates the oiliness and provides
      further complexity.
    • Finish
      It's the malt's strong suit. Breathe in
      and out. While breathing out you get complex flavors of mango in
      shoves, getting spicier over time: mango syrup, mango sherbet, mango
      chutney. In the end the woody undertones of freshly cut mango. A hint
      of vanilla and cinnamon. Great.

  2. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Tomatin 35 yo 1978/2013 (44.1%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, 594 bottles) Five stars Never seen a 1979 before (update, originally advertised as a 1979, thanks Göran) Colour: gold. Nose: we're now geared toward the tropical 1976s, but not quite. In fact there's something else beyond the passion fruit jam and the mango syrup, and beyond the cinnamon... What could that be? Roses, maybe? A box of rose-flavoured Turkish delights? There's also drops of pastis and a few very ripe kiwis, the whole being very fragrant and maybe more complex than other old fruit bombs by Tomatin. Very intriguing, I'm very curious about the palate... Mouth: keyword, balance. Bags of tropical and western fruits, but no cloying ueberfruitiness (bananas, mangos, strberries, melons) plus a rather splendid combination of wood spices with herbs, pretty hard to describe. Wormwood and caraway? Some fructose for sure. I'm afraid it's one of these old Tomatins that tend to go down too well... Finish: of medium length. Some kind of very elaborate chutney. Comments: they did it again. Very morish, as they say, thus quite dangerous. Very fair price. SGP:641 - 91 points.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    This one arrived in the post [from TWE to Switzerland] marked ‘risse in der flasche’, translated as ‘crack in bottle’. This whisky has subsequently been promoted/advertised/reported as an exclusive/special ‘risse in der flasche’ bottling, so the story goes.

    Tasted blind:
    N: Oh wow. With the cask talking, we’ve big sherry action [surely?], that brings an array of thoroughly stewed and fermenting fruits. Think fusty puttied chestnuts soaked in lightly tropically-aged boozy [rum-like] fruit punch. We are in ‘single cask 1988 Glenturret’ territory, also from Cadenhead’s [WLP88].
    T: More of those singular cask-Glenturret vibes with the slightest aspirin note sealing the ‘likeness’ deal, yet the moderate savoury-sweetness remains with that underlying fungal note. Littlemill-esque putty vibes once again. So maybe it’s not sherry cask-matured after all.
    F: Slightly muddled on the finish line, but we’ve been treated to a fine show.
    C: A superb fruity bargain from Cadenhead’s. Tomatin was cooking in the ’70’s. Look out for them!

  4. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    bottle from C Dully at Old & Rare 2020. 8/10... brief notes unfortunately
    • Nose
      ripe fruits, peaches, peach rings
    • Taste
      resinous, restrained fruits - strawberry, tannic, pine needles. medium long finish

  5. gango4 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose first, then it breaks down a bit, but at a high level.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A whisky that presents its age openly. Equally fermented fruits, exotic, ripe. Then gentle vanilla and zwischendruch white grapes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy and set. The barrel prevails here against the fruits and the vanilla, but without burning or getting hot. Green oak.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Seasoning on tap, but gentle and balanced. Medium long, becoming drier. Demands for more.

  6. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Entertaining dram with twist and turns
    • Nose
      A kind of cherry, only in the form of candy. Ripe and very sweet raspberries. Lovely how the age dominates the nose with complex and fruity notes. Orchard of blossom in the spring.
    • Taste
      There's more room for citrus and oaky notes on the palate. Abricot, jam from oranges, hint of pineapple. Great taste of lemoncake. Becomes more spicy and sour. Some ginger, cayennepeper and galangal.
    • Finish
      Little bit dry, spicy peper and bitter grapefruit. Oak becomes louder

  7. Toffie76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tasted in parallel with the bottled version for The Nectar, the 2 versions are very close and very difficult (for me) to separate. Nevertheless, I found the nose less demonstrative, a bit more acetic. The fruitiness almost identical. A little more spicy, more sawdust, wood and sap. But blindly and drunk separately, we are dealing with twins ...
    • Taste
      Nothing to add compared to the "nectar" version except for the small variations detected on the nose and that follow in the mouth. Always very balanced and relatively powerful for a malt of this degree of alcohol. A little drier and spicy. The addition of water reduces the appearance of confectionery fruit.
    • Finish
      The super-fruit balance and mineral austerity is simply magical.

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fine, subtle, complex, it's good.
    • Nose
      First a smell of thinner mixed with turpentine rather unpleasant. It fades quickly to become a smell of varnished glue. Behind me I can smell apricots and peach, pineapple and mango. We must let the drunk be aeration! The fruits then take over and the solvent disappears. Grapefruit appears later.
    • Taste
      A basket of exotic fruits (pineapple, mango, watermelon waterlogged). It's very sweet and nice, fresh. A perfect drink dram! The mouth could be a little more punchy to be perfect.
    • Finish
      Long finish on the fruits in the cheeks. The alcohol is a little more present and tingles the throat. A slight citric acidity attacks the tongue.

  9. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes from Mark Watt (WM Cadenhead):

    Nose: Rhubarb, butterscotch and aniseed. Barley sugar and bubblegum.

    Palate: Strawberry tarts, banana sweets, chocolate covered raisins and icing sugar.

    Finish: The finish mimics the taste lasting for a very long time, leaving you wanting more.

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very powerful and fruity nose, on candied orange peels, varnished precious wood, sweet lemon compote.
    Mouth sweet, woody, fruity (candied orange).
    Final short salt, peppery and woody.

    (Tasted in festival, so not in optimal conditions)


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