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Tomatin 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.16/100
votes
126
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Spanish Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018481100206
Added on
22 Sep 2014 2:09 pm by djmaxliving
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 35,26

2 × in wishlist

126 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 12-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.16 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Administrator

    Although Tomatin 12 is classified as Highland Single Malt, its smell and taste are very similar to classic Speyside whiskies. The nose is sweet and mildly fruity with apple puree, vanilla cream and honey, whereas subdued sherry notes linger in the background. A surprisingly intense arrival with spices, baked apple and caramel is followed by rich maltiness and hazelnuts. Bittersweet chocolate characterizes the soft and moderately long finish. Altogether, a pleasant but unimposing whisky that is reasonably complex without being overly demanding.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017] Does maturation time matter? Sure, but how much and is a longer maturation always better? Not so sure on this, that is why I do a head-to-head of three Tomatin at different ages: The NAS "Legacy" (WB id 41415 that I bought for 21,50 Euro in March, 2015) versus this 12-year old (WB id 58291 that I bought for 23,50 Euro in March, 2015) versus the 18-year old (WB id 11380 that I bought for 55 Euro in September, 2014).

    Colour: The colour is adjusted using caramel on all three releases so it useless to analyse it. But for the records, the NAS is at jonquiripe corn, the 12y two shades darker at yellow gold and the 18y another two shades darker at amontillad. Perfectly designed but with no significance, unfortunately. The texture of the NAS shows medium fast legs with small tears, the 12y has many fast legs and late fat tears while the 18y shows late sticky tears that slowly build legs.

    Nose: The NAS offers a rather immature nose on strong malty and nutty aromas with some fruits in the background that nevertheless is not too bad at all. The 12y shows some modern style sherry aromas but little more than this. The 18y offers more mature sherry aromas together with nice fruity and wooden notes. Clearly I like the 18y best followed surprisingly by the NAS that I find significantly better than the rather one-dimensional 12y.

    Initial mouthfeel: The NAS arrives warming and a little coating with slight astringent moments from tannins. The 12y is less coating but without the drying feeling of the NAS, too. The 18y is not much coating too and shows significant more drying moments (tannins again) than the other two. Here I like the 12y most followed by the NAS with the 18y being weakest of the three.

    Taste: The 18y offers the broadest flavours spectrum of the three with really delicious barley sugary, sherry sweet and fruity flavours. No flaws that I can detect. The 12y owns a malty driven profile with some sugary sweet flavours and a few sherry-induced aromas that, again, is rather one-dimensional. The NAS is malt-driven too with some more spices from the woods. This round the 18y takes with a significant margin followed by the NAS. The 12y is clearly last.

    Finish: The finish of the NAS is of medium length and rather sweet without distracting bitter or drying moments. The 12y owns a rather short finish with some minor drying notes (papers). The 18y finish is of medium length and adds more exotic fruity flavours to the profile that are really delicious here. No distracting moments with the 18y. So this round clearly takes the 18y. I like NAS better than the 12y, again.

    Water is not needed on any of the drams. It turns them smoother (what I like) but it takes out a lot of power, too (what I do not like). The nose of the 18y really improves with some drops added (more exotic fruits, one point up).

    An interesting result: Except for the mouthfeel the 18y wins all dimensions with a clear margin (so maturation time really adds more and deeper flavours) but the young NAS (most probably around 8 years old) beats the 12y on all these dimensions, too. But I guess that they added some older casks to the "Legacy" that provided these additional aromas profile - what is a usual practice these days. So, NAS not always is too bad...

    By the way: I just repeated this head-to-head with a visitor that is very new into single malt whisky (and without telling him my results). He came to the same conclusion: 18y best, then NAS "Legacy" as a runner-up and 12y being clearly last. Incidental? No, "it is as it is" (a famous slogan in the german region I live in).
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. PX-Michl scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Very average, nothing to remember, 'easy drink' whisky.
    • Nose
      78 78
      fruity, some apples, light and sweet, caramel, a bit of glue as well. Overripe oranges, honey, and a little drop.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Soft, a bit pale, sweet, honey, vanilla.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Very little pepper, sweet, honey, pretty pale taste, middle long finish.

  5. Ed Radour scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      73 73

  6. kot1803 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    heftiger quite complex malt for 12 years, even if Tomatin so far not quite my taste is the quality of this Meal especially in terms of the price is very high
    • Nose
      first the sour wine-like distillery, malt, nuts, honey, grapes, oranges
    • Taste
      slightly viscous, sweet with vinous fresh acidity, tart spicy oak, herbs, mint, citrus - slight bitterness, occasionally sparkling fruit, chocolate, some licorice
    • Finish
      Cocoa, oak, malt, toasted cereals, creamy but astringent

  9. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The acetone note on the nose recedes with a dozen or so minutes in the glass. I found that the pacing of the whisky is slow on the nose and fast on the palate. It's an enjoyable whisky, but its form could use a bit of polishing.
    • Nose
      Initially an acetone sharpness, barley oil and malt, banana
      (mix of green and ripe) and bitter vanilla, rice pudding, sherry and oak
      tannins, caramel custard, fades to  soft dried
      coconut.
    • Taste
      Raisins
      and mixed grains, barrel char and honey (orange blossom), sherry and soft
      baking spices, touch of bananas, vanilla and oak tannins. 
    • Finish
      Chocolate covered coffee beans, fades to faint baked apple
      and mixed floral (lily, violet, and rose) with a hint of mustiness. 

  10. Goethe scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A very simple Tomatin, like the Legacy. Quite refillish and sour on the palate.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Apple, oranges, some vanilla, pears, a dry sweetness.
    • Taste
      Sour apples, some sherry and oak. 
    • Finish
      Short to Medium. Some tannins.

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