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Tomatin Contrast (Sherry Matured)

Overall rating 26 votes 86.50
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Ex-Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
350 ml
Added on
28 Jul 2015 8:59 am by z-imaging


6 Notes

Expert Senior whiskycuse Note
04 Sep 2017 11:23 am

Tasting Notes:

Nase: Malzig und süß, mit Trockenfrüchten, Haselnuss und Traube-Nuss Schokolade. Ein schöner Duft, auch wenn es genau diese Art ist, die oft bei Sherryfass gereiften Tomatins die Frucht überlagert, weshalb ich in der Regel eher zu Bourbon Reifungen bei dieser Destillerie tendiere. ABER: Sie ist da die Frucht! Tolle Mango, Maracuja, Ananas, aber auch süße Erdbeeren, reife Äpfel und Vanille, klasse, wie das sich mit der vorangegangenen Aromatik ergänzt und vermischt. Der Alkohol ist gut integriert und trägt die Düfte optimal.

Mund: Recht süß, cremig, mit Honig, Ahornsirup, etwas scharf zu Beginn, aber nach kurzer Zeit auf der Zunge setzt sich wieder tropische Fruchtigkeit durch, die ergänzt wird von Trockenfrüchten und Karamell. Schnell zeigen sich auch herbe Töne, und sogar feine Bitternoten kommen auf. Auch hier ist der Alkohol gut integriert, und so ist das Mundgefühl wunderbar ausgewogen und harmonisch.

Abgang: Mittellang, nun wieder etwas schärfer, bitter, mit Resten von tropischer Frucht.

Fazit: Das Vatting der jungen und alten Fässer hat hier sehr gut funktioniert, etwas besser sogar, als beim Tomatin Decades damals, wo sich junge und alte Anteile eher etwas gestritten haben, statt sich optimal zu einer Einheit zu verbinden. Entweder hatten die Fassanteile hier die Möglichkeit sich vor der Abfüllung länger miteinander zu verheiraten, oder es liegt daran, dass ausschließlich Sherryfässer verwendet wurden, statt Bourbon und Sherry miteinander zu vermischen. Wie auch immer, ich finde diesen Whisky sehr gut gelungen und in sich stimmig.


Expert Senior Gonathras Note
17 Mar 2016 12:44 pm

Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

Tomatin 'Contrast Sherry Matured' (46%, OB, 5,400 bottles, 2016) Four stars and a half 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.
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
13 Feb 2016 2:21 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 87 points

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.


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.


Spicy, drying with dried red fruits and a hint of tobacco.


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.

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Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
04 Jan 2016 9:12 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 84 points


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

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
Connoisseur Drochaid Note
03 Oct 2015 5:01 pm
Drochaid gave this whisky 88 points

Aroma: Bratapfel-Streuselauflauf oder kurz Toffee-apple crumble, Christmas pudding, Rosinen und Zuckersirup. Geschmack: Zimt und Nelken, Pfefferkörner. Orange Marmalade mit dick geschnittenern Schalenstücken. Im Nachklang ölig, würzig und kernig.

Specialist EckoVicto Note
03 Aug 2015 11:45 pm

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


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