Tomatin 1988 Cù Bòcan

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Calculated age
27 years old
Refill Hogshead and Refill Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 23 05 16 511:11:BB
Added on
06 jun 2016 3:29 pm by Drochaid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 263.64

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Whisky reviews for Tomatin 1988 Cù Bòcan

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.57 points.

  1. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tomatin Cu Bocan 1988 Vintage Limited Edition (Bottled 2016) 51.5%. A deep yellow colour. Muted nose of old wood and vanilla, leafy. Autumn leaves and a trace of honeyed stone fruits. Muted but "apparently" you have to leave these old whiskies to open up. Never helps this one particularly though. Taste is vanilla marshmallow and peat, slightly green, really interesting mix of flavours here. I don't know - maybe underripe pineapple that's been seared and salted. Flavours are melding into one another and creating something quite cohesive. You can taste the age as a leafy maybe oxidised or at least damp wood vibe. Loads of peat for the age. Enjoyable on the whole but without the peat I think it wouldn't be great! The lack of complexity and the 'old' leafy tired background became more of a problem over time. 3.55/85

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An elegant one. light and delicate whisky.
    I was expecting a little more sherry flavors, but instead was surprised by more tropical fruit notes.
    Unfortunately the exit is quite short, otherwise 1-2 points more would have been possible.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fine, cooling smoke rises first into the nose. It looks floral and brings freshly cut grass. Immediately afterwards a fresh breeze of orange and lemon. A good portion of spicy oak is also included and your nose tingles a bit. Over time in the glass, it becomes sweeter and fruity. I discover pears and some coconut. With vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Silky, oily mouthfeel. Very nicely integrated alcohol. The smoke can hardly be seen. Instead, it is tropical fruity with pineapple and tart blood orange. The oak then shows up on the palate and it becomes earthy-tart. You can tell the age, but I can only guess if it was sherry barrels.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mildly smoky. Oak. But overall rather easy. Medium length.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Outstanding! Not many whiskies do “floral smoke”, but this one gets it and nails it. That’s not the only note though: there’s so much interest here. Those savoury peat notes on the nose are just gorgeous, the foresty notes, rich fruit and spice, and mulled wine are lovely too. There’s quite a lot of oak showing on the back of the palate, but it seems to just work somehow.
    It confidently beats out Laphroaig 25 CS.

    Nose: Soft, floral, and ethereal, but rich as well. Sweet floral smoke up front, like burning flower petals. Heather honey, nectarine, roses, slivered almonds, and cereals (Honey Nut Cheerios, perhaps). Sweet citrus: grapefruit, mandarin, and candied lemon zest. The peat smoke gets slightly richer and meatier as it sits. There’s distant autumn leaves, roast pork, bonito flakes- ah, it’s the flavour of a perfectly-cooked tamago ramen egg yolk. Maybe some mirin too.

    Palate: Soft texture. Gentle woodsmoke and cereals up front. It gets very rich and floral. Rich fruit and spices: Plums, raisins, banana, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. It develops to a good bit of old oak, wine tannins, tobacco and leather, along with clean hardwood smoke. More earthy autumn leaves, then apples and mulled wine.

    Finish: Long and fragrant. Loads of apples here: baked, dried, and cider’ed, spiced with cinnamon of course. Honey, cherries, cranberries, and nectarine. An underpinning of soft woodsmoke and tobacco. More of those cereals and warm baking spices, particularly cardamom. Autumn leaves again.

  5. Tim-R scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smokey sweet
    • Taste
      85 85
      Balanced sweet and smoke
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very soft whisky with a nice draft.
    • Nose
      88 88
      vanilla, bourbon, citrus, honey and a soft elegant scent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong, vanilla, wood, bourbon, oily, citrus, honey, nuts,
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla, wood, bourbon, oily, citrus fruits, honey, nuts and something far away from red fruit. A fairly long finish, which will stay a while.

  7. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: full and juicy, cooked fruits, especially pear, also some apricot, in addition peach jam, creamy, also some coconut is to be found. The peat is noticeable, but not very strong, is also more likely to smoke / smoldering wood fire. In addition, a clear sweetness, which lies like a icing on the whole impressions. In the background, the oak comes to fruition with a deep spiciness

    Taste: first slightly fruity, then the peat is very clear, mineral, almost iodine

    Finish: long, earthy peat with dried fruits and very strong and dry oak, the sweetness of the nose is gone

    The nose is great, but in the taste and just in the finish he flattens off. Unfortunately, he does not hold what the nose promises 85 points

  8. Shane_IL scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

     It had a good deal of complexity, and some genuinely interesting notes to it, but I felt like I had to work hard to find those notes, there wasn’t anything that really stuck out and would make me remember this or want to try it again, especially at over 200 Euros for a bottle.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    • Nose
      Dusty fruits. Juicy fruit gum. Pencil erasers. Pencil shavings. Coal dust. Peaches. Dry grass left in the sun (school sports fields). Rich caramel. Oranges. Banana flavouring.
    • Taste
      A bit weak for such a high ABV. Dry wood. Woodshavings. Bitter citrus. Rubber.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitter fruits and wood tannins.

  9. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Cù Bòcan have unleashed a different kind of beast. This special limited edition Cù Bòcan has been crafted by marrying refill Hogshead and refill Sherry butt matured whisky distilled on 2nd December 1988.

    In their past lives, the casks were home to one of Islay’s peatiest potions and hints of the untamed spirit have been working their smoky magic over the years. The final creation – earthy, oaky and sweet - is now ready to be devoured.

    Nose: Delicate campfire smoke and sweet ash give way to stewed pears, Peach Melba and toasted coconut. Hints of fresh cut grass, heather and cereal linger in the background with creamy buttermilk.

    Mouth: Candied tropical fruits are perfectly balanced with an earthy peat tang. In time, warming dried fruit, blood orange and a gentle nut note emerge.

    Finish: Earthy smoke and oak spice linger with a creamy texture.


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