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

€ 117.90

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71 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon Matured)

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.58 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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

  5. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol better integrated than with sherry matured. The more time this whisky gets in the glass, the better. After all, whiskys aged around 40 are used here, so even 10-15 minutes after pouring, this whisky is still quite hard and not quite drinkable.

    Very similar in character to Auchentoshan, although not distilled three times. I enjoyed the sherry matured version a bit more.
    • Nose
      Nail polish, freshly cut grass, lemon peel, sweets, resin, vanilla, yellow fruit, marzipan.

      With water: More perfume and more delicate. Menthol ointment.
    • Taste
      Vanilla pudding, grass stalk, white wine (Riesling), lemon pulp, mild pepper, peach, nectarine, rhubarb. Overall very dense and gradually thickening.

      With water: Various citrus fruits, especially tangerine. Almonds, apricot kernels.
    • Finish
      Dry and very long. Lemon peel, white layer of grapefruit between peel and flesh, woodiness, white chocolate, grape grain, rum extract, ginger tea. Gently waxy over time.

      With water: The waxiness comes out even more. Gently peppery, fresh and menthol.

  6. Odinson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dramidaris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In contrast (ha!) to other NAS bottlings, the older stock is readily apparent here. A real chameleon that keeps showing you glimpses of lovely, long-aged casks alongside the spicy & fizzy younger components.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Interesting nose in which the acidic, younger components vie for supremacy with the waxy and resiny character of the older stock. Key lime pie, lemon oil, honeydew melon, kiwi, a dash of Italian bitter blood orange lemonade, but then also beeswax, polish, as well as nut-based oils and pastes. The wood comes in last and only after some aeration, bringing with it an idea of woodsmoke. If you can manage to concentrate and focus more on the older aromas at the cost of the younger citrus-based ones, you're in for a real treat. Exuberantly fruity with enough dusty-and-dry well-aged aromas to balance it out. Very good.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lemon sherbet, fruit salad, vanilla custard, oak spices, leather, dusty attic, and fragrant, exotic woods. I'm especially fond of the last part. Extremely creamy, with a lovely fruitiness at the death.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The soft waxiness of the older components remains, producing a nice after-the-fact mouthfeel. There's indeed a bit of a Seventies feel doing its number on the tongue. Could've done with a bit more sweetness and less spiciness, perhaps, but then again that's a minor quibble.

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. marmeladow scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    After enjoying Bottle 3603, bottle 3605 was very good and was very well received during a tasting session with six aficionados. Here, too, the bourbon variant was just ahead


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