Tomatin Contrast (Sherry Matured)

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Ex-Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
350 ml
Bottle code
L 02 06 15
Added on
28 Jul 2015 8:53 am by z-imaging

Average value

€ 116.52

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80 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin Contrast (Sherry Matured)

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the bourbon matured version, alcohol stands out and bites much more. 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.

    I enjoyed this sherry matured version a bit more.
    • Nose
      Toffifee, slight musty, old lacquered furniture, dates, cane molasses, raisins.

      With water: Caramel-hazelnut and more delicate. Leather. Soy sauce. Walnut.
    • Taste
      Fine acidity. Hazelnuts, hazelnut filling, orange. Over time, milk chocolate, dates, cane sugar, mint, caramel and balsamic vinegar.

      With water: Salty and bitter caramel, cane molasses, light earthiness, ripe red apple. It gradually thickens. Strawberry, raspberry.
    • Finish
      Gently astringent. Oak, tannins, chalk, grapefruit peel. Over time, salinity, smoked cheese, cumin and menthol.

      With water: More acid. Herbs and spices. Walnut.

  2. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. dramidaris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. JdH scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: Pretty aggressive. At least if you sniff harder. With softer features, a pleasantly spicy, fruity aroma develops. Raisins, peach and slightly nutty.

    Flavor: Fairly spicy at first. Unfortunately, that already made me fear. Then unfortunately it sounds pretty babbisch sweet - that's where the wet youth comes through.

    Unfortunately a combination that I don't like at all.

    Maybe water helps? - Yes, water helps. The sharpness gives way and delicious wood aromas emerge. The babbish sweetness still dominates, so we probably won't be friends.

    Well what should you do? Another decent dash of water - it's strong enough.

    Oh, now it's becoming more to my taste. Pleasant sweetness meets bitter aromas - nothing babbisch, now rather clear and watery. Spicy and also a bit floral (tart herbs, maybe some tobacco).

    Conclusion: Tidy water saved him from drinkable mediocrity for me.

  5. marmeladow scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bottles 3603 and 3605 were enjoyed
    In direct comparison, the ripened in the bourbon barrel had the nose slightly ahead. Overall, a great way to compare the effects of different barrel maturations
    • Nose
      91 91
      Color: deep-dark amber gold, bronze-like
      Oak Fruit Sherry Dried Fruit Raisin Sweet Honey Cake Dark Chocolate
      nice and complex to smell several times, take your time
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oak fruits spices malt nuts sherry sweet vanilla herb tobacco
      Creamy, tasty, full mouthfeel; recognizable age and a pleasant earthiness play well with everything. ABV excellently integrated. Complex and tasty
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oak Fruit Spices Sherry Sweet Sweet Dark Chocolate
      Good medium length, complex, there is a lot to taste here

  6. wako93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice sherry whisky. Already seems set, but still has very fresh sherry notes, although certainly very little PX was used here. Great paints at a fair price.

  7. stefan_PB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant strong Malt with great Bouqet.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pickled cherries, plum jam and a lot of dark fruit, later a hint of damp wood and a little sugar candy
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sherry full, rather dry, the sweetish bitterness of plum peel tastes nice, which gives a slightly bitter note, oily on the palate
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long and strong, again sherry and here clearly oak

  8. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      overripe grapes, sweet (almost pungent), nuts, grassy-herbaceous-herbaceous; The nose starts gaudy sweet and evolves over time more and more into the bitter - exciting!
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sharp peppery onset, thin texture, hay, spicy wood, in the second attempt with some goodwill to guess some bright fruits ... but the third sip the fruits are then fully there!
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warming, astringent, pleasant Sherryank length, dried raspberries, some woody spice in the background.

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Again a well-balanced whisky. It’s not over-matured and harsh as some ex-sherry whiskies can be. Yet it is unmistakably an ex-sherry profile with a bit of earth, dried fruit and spice.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Although a bit on the faint side, the nose is obviously driven by ex-sherry wood. It has still a bit of fresh fruit (poached pear), but generally more of orange zest (or orange marmalade if you like), sultana, gravel, preserved ginger, nutmeg and clove.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The palate is rather fruity, with plum jam, orange (both the flesh and the zest), sultana and date. Ginger bread is still very close, together with nutmeg, cinnamon and nuts. It’s all balanced, there is no harshness or whatsoever towards the finale.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, with Christmas cake, nutmeg, cinnamon and various dried fruits. A touch of soft, damp wood lingers.

  10. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tomatin Tasting Notes

    Aroma: Toffee-apple crumble, Christmas pudding, raisins and treacle.

    Palate: Cinnamon and cloves, peppercorns. Thick cut marmalade.

    Finish: Oily, spicy and chewy.


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