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Tomatin 1988 Cù Bòcan

Overall rating
87.80/100
votes
61
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
02.12.1988
Bottled
23.05.2016
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead and Refill Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
2200
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 23 05 16 511:11:BB
Barcode
5018481025479
Added on
06 Jun 2016 3:29 pm by Drochaid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 244.27

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61 × member ratings

157 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1988 Cù Bòcan

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 points

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/09/27/cu-bocan-1988/
    • 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.

  6. 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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