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Tomatin 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.11/100
votes
395
Whiskybase ID
WB80670
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Bottled
14.10.2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks + Oloroso Sherry Butts Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
New Design 2016
Bottle code
L 14 10 16
Barcode
5018481110212
Added on
03 Apr 2016 5:27 pm by Isl@nd_Monkey
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 100.41

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 18-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.11 points

  1. 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
      87 87
      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
      87 87
      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 soft notes of exotic fruits like papaya, mango and guava. 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, nuts, and measured wood spices. Again: well composed.

  2. 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.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    yes - a high quality dram with good alcohol content for a standard bottling, no junk, nothing special - except especially very boring - just not my taste of style -the lemon kills me - behind it with a lot of effort I find - what I like
    • Nose
      mild oranges and citrus notes rise from a glass with a lush dram - I had to pour more because the nose is so restrained. A little malt and some oak - a touch of mint-vanilla sugar deep in the glass, the citrus notes are very dominant in the foreground, oranges form a fruity fresh frame, oranges and mint oil bring even more freshness and liveliness - even with a drop of water nothing new happens here more
    • Taste
      typical classic Bourbon keg, lemon, lemon peel, citrus oil fill the mouth, a little bit of acidity, light vegetable bitterness and spice mixes under the acid, the otherwise wine-like sourness of Tomatin I can only find as a delicate touch - the keg is stronger. The texture is nicely smooth - perfectly integrated the alcohol is in the nose - on the palate I feel it still slightly - but I like quite well peps up the dram on something, I feel the one-sided citruslastig from the finish, I feel a little
    • Finish
      slightly bitter, citrusy, dry, fresh oaky - in the herbal way, subtle sweetness that always remains behind the acidity of barrel and raw brandy

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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

  6. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A sharp but enjoyable pour, not overly oaky or sweet, but nothing sings loud enough for a encore.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity malt, sharp and red berried, nutty
    • Taste
      85 85
      Much like the nose it is a sharp entry, eucalyptus/mint, oak, sweet and juicy with peppery notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Heat lingers with pepper and eucalyptus, long after the heat is gone the nutty sweetness returns to say goodbye. Medium-Long

  8. 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.

  9. Lorion scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, but somewhat alcoholic in the nose. 82 points
    • Nose
      Nutty, dry sherry. An alcohol sting. Pastries. Dried fruits. Spice drawer.
    • Taste
      Full and sparkling. Very fruity. Raisins, oranges, chocolate. Strawberries, oak freight.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry and fruity.

  10. 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

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