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

€ 105.58

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50 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin Contrast (Sherry Matured)

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 points

  1. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky 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.

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty and harmonic matter, which looks like a piece of cake, the vintages are well married, the character is also very, not too sweet, beautiful harsh, noble, set. I like the Bourbon twin with its fruity openness a bit better, but this one also earns ~ 90 € / 0.7l, both in set are a top-selling item.
    • Nose
      after the very open and intense bourbon twin, the sherry variety is very cozy and less "flashy" - jo, that's sherry, rather clean (not rotten), no "bomb" ... after 5 min looks I'm a little better through, this is not raisin-sweeter, but rather tart, tobacco, damp soil with autumn leaves, some old wooden floor with floor wax, dark chocolate, a distant hint of dark berries - smooth, set, not snappy, gentlemanlike, pleasant
    • Taste
      syrupy mouthfeel, tart, not too sweet, towards maple / walnut / pecan, dark chocolate, looks classy, ​​harmonious, clean ... again a hint of tobacco, cloves, dark berry fruit, Sachertorte - yummy
    • Finish
      medium to long, the walnut maple syrup sounds, gentle, warm pungency, a hint of tobacco, dark berry jam, cocoa

  5. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: Malty and sweet, with dried fruit, hazelnut and grape nut chocolate. A nice scent, even though it's the kind that often overlays the fruit on sherbish-ripened tomatin, which is why I tend to tend towards bourbon ripening at this distillery. BUT: It's the fruit! Great mango, passion fruit, pineapple, but also sweet strawberries, ripe apples and vanilla, great, as that complements and blends with the previous flavor. The alcohol is well integrated and carries the scents optimally.
    Mouth: Quite sweet, creamy, with honey, maple syrup, a bit spicy at the beginning, but after a short time on the tongue, tropical fruitiness is restored, complemented by dried fruit and caramel. Even harsh tones quickly show themselves, and even fine bitterness notes emerge. Again, the alcohol is well integrated, and so the mouthfeel is wonderfully balanced and harmonious.
    Finish: Medium long, now a bit sharper, bitter, with the remains of tropical fruit.
    Conclusion: The Vatting of the young and old barrels worked very well here, a little better even than the Tomatin Decades at that time, where young and old shares rather quarreled, rather than optimally to unite unity. Either the barrel portions had the opportunity to marry longer before bottling, or it is because only sherry casks were used instead of mixing bourbon and sherry together. Anyway, I find this whisky very well done and consistent. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  6. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Tomatin 'Contrast Sherry Matured' (46%, OB, 5,400 bottles, 2016)  And this is the sherry version. Quite funnily, they’ve used the very same vintages as with the BB version. Colour: gold. Nose: not first fill. It’s very nice, but it hasn’t got the brightness of the bourbon. Having said that it’s quite subtle, with some tobacco and autumn leaves, and rather more overripe apples instead of fresh bright fruits. Like the whiffs of freshly brewed coffee that rise to our nostrils after a few minutes, as well as the obligatory walnuts. It catches up with the lovely bourbon! Mouth: … and overtakes it, thanks to a finer, more complex profile that hasn’t lost any of its fruity brightness. Dates, tobacco, grapefruits, apples, dried pears, dried bananas, a touch of leather, walnut wine… This is very excellent! Finish: medium to long – a little longer than that of the BB – with a perfect tobacco-ish and walnutty profile. Stays very clean. Comments: it’s the story of the tortoise and the hare. The sherry was a little less ‘immediate’, but it won eventually. By a thin margin! Anyway, what a great idea to have done this series! SGP:551 - 88 points.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 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
      Subtle sherry, not at all a sherry bomb. Although that's no surprise, I don't believe I've ever tasted a true sherry bomb from Tomatin. Fairly earthy (mushrooms) and dusty. Hints of rum raisins and dark cherries. Copper coins in the background.
    • Taste
      There's definitely some old whisky in here. A bit tannic, but that's okay. Lovely spiciness with cinnamon, cloves and pepper, supported by fruitier notes of plums, raisins and dates. There's some soy in the background.
    • Finish
      Spicy, drying with dried red fruits and a hint of tobacco.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 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

  9. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Baked apple crumble or short toffee apple crumble, Christmas pudding, raisins and sugar syrup. Taste: cinnamon and cloves, peppercorns. Orange Marmalade with thickly cut pieces of peel. In the end oily, spicy and pithy.

  10. EckoVicto did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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


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