Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon Matured)

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
350 ml
Bottle code
L 03 06 15
Added on
28 Jul 2015 8:53 am by z-imaging

Average value

€ 109,60

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43 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon Matured)

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.95 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A well-balanced whisky, and a good example of the “bourbon side” of the comparison. It has the vanilla, the white and yellow fruit, and a green side to counterbalance. It’s well made, maybe not entirely my taste but that is another discussion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is rich and complex, in which both young and older aspects can be found. On the one hand there is distillate-driven pear and icing sugar. On the other hand, there are notes of vanilla, sweet grapes and white raisin, tangerine, mint and a dash of salt.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The sweet and mellow side of whisky. It shows a creamy side (vanilla custard), ample fruit (melon, tinned peach, lychee), a soft influence of polished oak, toffee, and cooling mint. It’s good, just (which I think suits very good to this experiment) maybe a bit middle of the road.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is rather long and quite well balanced. On the one side, there is still this creamy texture of vanilla cream, on the other side there is a bit more polished wood coming to the fore. It mingles well with the tropical fruit and orchard fruit. A the end there is a green note of grass and mint that lifts this whisky a bit.

  2. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tomatin Tasting Notes

    Aroma: Golden syrup and honey. Lemon & lime. Almond and macadamia nuts, vanilla and custard.

    Palate: Sweet vanilla custard and lemon sponge. Pineapple chunks, raspberries and icing sugar.

    Finish: Sweet, fresh and mellow.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker. I regret it a little, not to have kept the vial. If the sherry twin tastes even halfway "normal good", the 2x0.35 set for ~ 90 € is definitely worth it.
    • Nose
      Geil-O-Mat - even while pouring a fresh Tropifrutti cloud! In the glass delicious exotic fruit salad, white grapes, green gooseberries, cool and fresh, but also feels a bit dusty, dry sawdust, some white pepper, a touch of freshly dried hay, could also be some mint underneath ... oh yes, im Background still somewhere vanilla and white chocolate, but I prefer to concentrate on the gooseberries ;-)
    • Taste
      As usual you have to screw down the expectation a little after so'nem fruit nose carnival, gaaanz the taste can not keep up there most of the time, but it is still very tasty - from the fruit salad is more grapefruit-lime-gooseberry-soda, a bit sparkling, served with mild white pepper, a little nutmeg and a creamy milk chocolate / drinking cocoa base underneath. Strength just right, pretty intense, very tasty.
    • Finish
      long, warm, first creamy, milk chocolate, then dry, gently spicy and cocoa bitter, a hint of grapefruit

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    Nose: It starts with a slightly artificial, perfumed nose, which amazes me a little, but then settles and clears the way for pleasant citrus notes, limes and apples, and also a yeast-like sound mixes under. In addition, then honey, a little vanilla and powdered sugar, which is already everything, a little "little" that so old barrels have flowed into this bottling.
    Mouth: Quite intense and surprisingly powerful for the 46% vol, lots of coconut, vanilla, with a short sweet tip, but then quite harsh, floral, with cocoa, caramel and herbs. The mouthfeel seems somehow unbalanced and a little "harsh", as they say in English so nicely.
    Finish: Although with a certain residual sweetness, but with a focus on tart and slightly bitter notes.
    Conclusion: Even if I prefer Tomatin rather the Bourbon keg maturation, it has not rudimentary as good as the sherry keg variant. This malt seems to me clearly unbalanced and especially not nearly as complex as I would have liked. The young barrels have the upper hand and the old go under, or were possibly drained and weak. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  5. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Tomatin 'Contrast Bourbon Matured' (46%, OB, 5,400 bottles, 2016)  Ha-ha! The labels smartly states the various vintages that have been used, that is to say 1973, 1977, 1988, 1991, 2002 and 2006. A genuine multi-vintage bottling, like J.M do in rhum agricole. I think that would be even better with the proportions, having said that, or we’d always ‘feel’ that there’s much more 2006 than 1973. Or that there are only drops of 1973. But anyway, lets taste it… Colour: straw. Nose: fresh and crystalline, with pears, oranges, and pineapples on a bed of cut grass and a moderate vanillaness. Gooseberries. Love this purity, very well done so far. Mouth: indeed. Rather apples than pears this time, some angelica, more gooseberries, peaches, touches of pineapples again, and just drops of lemon juice. Frankly, this tastes pretty young, but it’s rather immaculate. I cannot not think of some dry chenin blanc from the Loire Valley. Good body, perfect strength. Finish: medium, not exactly zesty, but pure and fresh. Same kinds of fruits, with a grassier signature. Comments: oh this is smart! It’s going to be a must when temperatures rise, in a few weeks.SGP:551 - 87 points.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    When I was nosing them both, the bourbon matured Tomatin took the lead. But whilst tasting its sherry matured counterpart took the lead and never relinquished it.
    • Nose
      Fresh green notes of wet grass at first, but it quickly transforms into sweeter aromas of beeswax, vanilla and marzipan. Now lots of tropical fruit. Mango, avocado and ripe banana. Some wet cardboard in the background.
    • Taste
      Spicy with pepper and cumin seeds. A fair amount of oak too. Traces of wax with grapefruit, soft banana and a hint of lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter at first and a tad dry, but it ends sweet and fruity.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Last summer Tomatin launched a limited release of 5.400 sets of 2 different vattings: bourbon and sherry. The half bottles are composed from casks from 1973, 1977, 1988, 1991, 2002 and 2006. That way, we can discover the difference of wood maturations in all its glory.

    The Tomatin bourbon is light and accessible on the nose, with touches of tropical fruit. Think gooseberry, pineapple and some eucalyptus. Quite some banana. Nothing earth shattering, but textbook Tomatin. The Tomatin sherry, however, is more timid and somewhat dirty. I get some toffee, brown sugar and rum raisins, but also some earthy notes and something that reminds me of yoghurt. The Tomatin sherry is my preferred one. 0-1 for the sherry, although both are very good.

    The Tomatin bourbon is softly spiced, but does enjoy a nice complexity of creamy vanilla, white fruit and spices. Loads of oak, it has to be said. The banana is very present on the palate. The Tomatin sherry lacks the creaminess of the bourbon, but makes up for that with a huge spiciness. Plums and raisins are supported by some woodsmoke and loads of spices. Think pepper, nutmeg and cloves. However, I did prefer the bouron, which makes it a tie: 1-1.

    The finish on the Tomatin bourbon is medium long and mildly drying, but lovely warm. The finish of the Tomatin sherry is long and warm, but with a bitter edge towards the end, which I did not expect, knowing that it was all first fill oloroso sherry casks. 2-1 for the bourbon release.

    I really quite like the bourbon version, which suits Tomatin well, but they are very close. Of course, it is not a match. Both whisky’s perform considerably well. A set will cost 140 EUR. Thanks, Sjoerd, for the samples.

    85/100 for the Tomatin bourbon
    84/100 for the Tomatin sherry

  8. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Golden syrup and honey. Lemon and lime. Almonds and macadamia nuts, vanilla and vanilla cream. Taste: Sweet vanilla cream and lemon biscuit. Pineapple pieces, raspberries and powdered sugar. In the end sweet, fresh and soft.

  9. EckoVicto did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sold as a set together with the Sherry matured for £100


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