Tomatin 1988

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release - Batch 1
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon Casks & Port Pipes
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
2014/04/21 10:47, 2014/04/22 13:04 LH70422
Added on
07 May 2014 9:07 pm by paddmo

Average value

€ 233.00

11 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

109 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1988

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.77 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    In April of last year, this Tomatin 1988 was added to the core range. It will be released in batches. Batch 2 has just been released, but I will try the first release. It is a Tomatin that matured for 25 years on bourbon and port casks.

    Wonderfully light, but very fruity nose on apples, pears, citrus, pineapple and strawberries with loads of icing sugar. A slice of melon, some Fanta and a lot kernel of pepper. On the edge of being candy-like. Very inviting. A touch of woodsmoke in the background. I quite like this.

    Good body and prickly on the palate. Spicy and warming. The fruit from the nose returns, but in a pastry. Some vanilla, caramel and red fruit kick in. The pastry is soaked in honey. The woodsmoke returns on the palate and lingers.

    In the long, warm finish both the honey and the fruit reappear, to die in a burst of fresh fruit.

    This whisky is a dessert in and of itself. For those among us with a sweet tooth. Around 200 EUR for a bottle.

  2. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I beg your pardon that I'm posting this note in english because I'm lying in my sun lounger in the garden and like to close my eyes a little bit instead of translating or writing a 2nd review in english:

    Put together in a nutshell, though, with a fantastic nose and a good multi-layered flavor, the only subtle hints of port ripening are great in this malt, due to its higher maturity and balance and fruity complexity, I'd say for comparison that It's pretty rough, like some spicy, complex Arran-ex-bourbon-matured single casks, and that's exactly what brings me to critical critique: The malt is way too overpriced.
    In the same way you get at Arran in cask strength (not in 46%) for about 100 euros less the bottle and the very old 25yo. Tomatin in the red and gold tube cost about 90-95 euros less, without being significantly worse in the overall rating.

    If one compares what is offered for this exorbitant price with the old expiring 30yo. Tomatin or with the limited cask strength 21yo. Tomatin, the head shaking reaches beyond the good and evil price a neck-threatening frequency. For the price him, if it was up to me, Mr. Eunson and team drink him.

    My personal conclusion: A good fruity, complex and yet typical Tomatin Malt with beautifully subtle, only slight Port notes to the Nepper-Tugs-Bauernfänger-Preis.

  3. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful bourbon cask whisky, which fortunately does not contain any solvents and underlines the fruitiness of the distillate. A pleasant representative of the distillery, but not quite up to the 30 year old, whom he is obviously supposed to replace.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very nice, light fruity nose with pear, sweet pineapple and lemon. Malt and a peppery note are there. Shortly sour, then vanilla and spices
    • Taste
      88 88
      Light sweet fruits (peach) at the beginning, then a slow transition to moderate bitterness, accompanied by malt and vanilla. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-length finish with slight bitterness and oak, stimulates salivation.

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Jssssssss scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Scent of smell: (6)
    Tonality: (7) Light purple fruit acid begins to be sultry, sour fruity purple fruit sour feeling gradually becomes comfortable...5
    Fruity light...4
    Dryness and other sweetness...3
    Some old wine wood... 4

    Entrance aroma: (7)
    Strength: (6)
    Tonality: (7)
    End rhyme: (7)
    The aroma of the mouth is relatively comfortable, and the traditional Chinese medicine has a long-lasting taste.

    Total: ( 88 )
    The whole is ripe enough to make the entrance slightly sweet and sour, comfortable and full.

  6. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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


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