Tomatin 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Stated Age
18 years old
Oak Casks + Oloroso Sherry Butts Finish
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
New Design 2016
Bottle code
L 14 10 16
Added on
03 Apr 2016 5:27 pm by Isl@nd_Monkey

Average value

€ 86.55

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326 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 18-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.10 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I liked that quite well, beautiful, well-balanced and uncomplicated malt with age for a reasonable price. That makes sense! 84 points. Depending on the shape of the day could also be at 85, somehow delicious ... Notes from an online chat tasting.
    • Nose
      First slightly fruity sour, again slightly angegoren, in addition to malt and a little Schoki. First let it breathe. Anyway, no alcohol in the nose here! So the peace has really done him good! Lemon juice, a few peaches, the mint I have now too. Add some dry fruits and some chocolate. It gets a bit yeasty, but at the same time fuller. Lots of peach compote, barely lemon.
    • Taste
      Jo, that's whisky, finally! Nice approach, slightly oily mouthfeel, wood, dark honey, chocolate and the orange marmalade I can confirm. In the second sip now also clearly acid, which seems to come off the barrel, nicely integrated, more chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long to long, very warm, the sweetness goes slowly with the wood freight and leaves walnuts in the mouth. In the second sip now also some liquorice, nevertheless a little sweeter than in the first sip, nevertheless dry.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great value at under 60 Euros. Hefty oloroso influence, with big chocolate notes and plenty of spices, yet it doesn't swamp the distillate, which shines through with pretty exotic fruit notes toward the death. If you're looking for an affordable 18-year-old with plenty of sherry, chocolate and fruits, look no further. Two thumbs up.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Red fruits, blueberry pancakes (including the maple syrup), cocoa powder, chocolate mousse, spicy oak, noticeably vinous. With time, a dusty / dunnage aspect emerges. Also displays a savory side: Worcestershire or soy sauce. Not overly complex, but very flavorful, harmonious and expertly blended. Very well sherried, but not to a degree that compromises the balance.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A bit sharp without water; unsure whether that's the spirit or the oak (tending toward the former). Water evens it out easily. Very malty, chocolate-y and spicy, like a cinnamon-laced chocolate-chip cookie. Beautiful late fruitiness upon swallowing, with exotics like papaya, mango and guava leading the way. I have to say I really enjoy this palate and consider it an outstanding performance for an affordable 18-year-old OB.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, with a slight alcoholic tingling (bad), but also luscious, chewy, dark chocolate flavors (goooooood), roast coffee notes and measured wood spices. Again: well composed.

  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    tomatin 14y port cask finish VS tomatin 18y oloroso sherry casks. here the cask influence is much stronger. totally different character on this one. lot of dried fruit and less freshness. i see here more resemblance to the 12 year old than to the 14 year old. still, this is a dram i would recommend if you get it for a good price. for 60€ it is flgreat value but i would not pay 80 for it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sherry in your face, dark sherry notes, loaded with nuts and nutmeg, some cinnamon comes by, herbal notes come out, salvia, licorice? very dark chocolate. very dry. raisins and dried plums. wheat.
    • Taste
      85 85
      sulfury start which stays there for a while. rich sherry, very dark, cigar smoke, deep flavors of dried fruit, beautiful. after some time some freshness pops up. what is very dominant is a certain fresh wood part which i know from the 12 year old which somehow irritates me. makes it a bit too edgy for a 18y old. besides of that a nice dram.
    • Finish
      85 85
      leaves a marvellous mouthfeel. this is something here. some oak and ginger on the finish. also some fusel oils stay there if your sip was a bit bigger.

  4. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much, as well as everything I have tried from the Tomatin core range so far. Not particularly complex, but nobody expects that either. You get a well-made whisky with no frills at a decent price - 11/21/2020
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first impression is very fruity with a slightly ethereal touch, orange, honey, apricot, over time it becomes more spicy, reminds me a little of liqueur wine, light grapes, raisins, vanilla, light tingling in the nose, overall a very light, spicy bouquet
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and aromatic, a lot of malt, wonderfully oily, warm chocolate, cocoa powder, fresh ginger, orange peel, overall very nice texture and balanced, the second sip brings even more chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Soft, noble, nice woody aroma.
    Sweet and very aromatic.
    Really good.

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This 18-year-old version was very much to my liking. If you want a smooth easy-going, friendly older single malt, but do not want it to be boring or completely cask-driven. Well, this could be something for you. Very well composed, and I do agree that their cask selection and maturation was top-notch.
    • Nose
      86 86
      At first it appears fairly quiet, but after I gave it some time, I get biscuits, sweet barley, fresh and dried apricots, honey and beer. It all has a very natural vibe to it. Then comes the sherry cask into the mix with sweet cherries, dark chocolate cream, along with a hint of leather. The whole is round, but certainly not boring, and in fact in a modest way quite complex. It is not shouting and screaming, in stead you find yourself in a warm conversation. I also find some red apples, cappuccino cream, cacao, roasted almonds, and roasted coffee beans (water) This makes it slightly softer, and the sherry influence goes more towards chocolate milk and dried figs, while there are also multigrain toast, barley, and honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A good blonde beer. You know those you can get from a quality small scale brewer. Oh this is a very nice start. Then it evolves with more sherry influence bringing out cacao dust, cappuccino and dried figs. (water) Again, this makes it slightly softer, but that doesn’t harm the complexity, in fact it brings out new sides. There are soft raisins, toast, sunflower seeds, a mix of different kinds of muesli, and tangerines. Lovely.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More of the above.

  7. Zapala_86 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Tomatin 18 yo Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish 46% vol.

    Non-chill filtered, natural colour, final maturation in Oloroso Sherry Butts, fully matured whisky from Tomatin. Pleasant bottle design, a great wooden stopper with carved boar. Everything looks elegant and modern. How does the bottle content turn out? I was surprised.

    Nose: for a start, sweetness, fruit, very intense aroma, no striking alcohol, mild, Sherry elements appear, we get a lot of dried fruit, nice cherries, raisins, dark chocolate, notes of oak and caramel begin to appear. I gave her time in a glass, let her sit in it, the effects are more and more interesting. Honey appears, it becomes slightly buttery, you can feel pralines, nuts, baked apples, oranges, dark grapes and spices, including cinnamon and ginger. I find a note of lemongrass. Complex and rich aroma changing during the time it stay in a glass.

    Taste: the first impact is - intense honey and raisins, further fruits, cherries, raspberries, oily and malty whisky, a dried plum appears, followed by a bit of oak, ginger and cloves. Chocolate and walnuts are still present. The initial sweetness becomes slightly dry.

    Finish: warming, long, chocolate-fruity, slightly dry and spicy

    A great and complex smell, a taste to which I cannot have any complain, finish is the right length, whisky is very well matured. Personally, I like it very much, perfect for autumn evenings, Christmas family gatherings or sipping for pure relaxation. As you will have the opportunity to try it, maybe you will not share my opinion, but the chance that you like it, in my opinion is quite possible
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tomatin 18 year old is both fruity and malty with a very sympathetic sherry element that suits the style and age of the whisky well, without ever taking over nor feeling heavy handed. The nose and initial palate is quite fruity, but this makes way for a fairly malty and spicy finish. A game of two halves as it were.

    • Nose
      Vibrant and fresh. Baked apples, honeydew melon, butterscotch, honey and vanilla are reinforced with sherry notes – dried fruits, raisins, leather and tobacco – but they’re light, delicate and garden-fresh. There’s an underlying nuttiness of walnuts running throughout the whisky and the whole nose is very crisp and lively.
    • Taste
      Unctuous mouthfeel at 46%. Quite malty, but sweetness still prevails with candied applies, peaches and an assortment of dried fruits in the mix. Honey, chocolate, light leather and crystalline ginger all play their part and make for a gentle but well defined dram.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and quite malty with sweet toffee and some bitter spices of cinnamon and pepper.

  9. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Powerful 18-year-old standard, with intense cocoa and chocolate flavors. With 60 to 65 € reasonable in the price.
    • Nose
      Lemon and orange, strong alcohol with fresh mint, a bit earthy, malt and fine vanilla
    • Taste
      Nice, strong, orange marmalade, chocolate and cocoa, spicy with pepper and oak.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, warms pleasant, cocoa and Zarbitterschokolade.

  10. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty (especially the nose is my case, but taste and finish are also great), goes in the direction of noble-dignified, you notice the adult age. With 60-65 € not a bargain, but fair priced, at 18er OA just drop me Knockando and Glenlivet, which are similar delicious, but cheaper.
    • Nose
      wow, cool - mint, lemon cream, dark chocolate ... so quasi-filled dark chocolate with lemon / peppermint cream, my favorite sweets, in the place it can actually stop, stay that way ... well, then comes an aromatic, dry woody note, with some orange behind, but if I put the glass down again for a while, rest and sniff again, there's a new batch of delicious After Eight (or whatever brand you prefer) ... mjam.
    • Taste
      intense cocoa, feels in the mouth like liquid dark chocolate, with some pepper, sawdust and a splash of lemon - sometimes delicious!
    • Finish
      long, warm, dry, bittersweet, cocoa ... correct, very long ... and a light (good) brandy note


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