- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Limited Release - Batch 3
- Stated Age
- 27 years old
- Bourbon Casks & Port Pipes
- Number of bottles
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 03 Nov 2016 11:37 am by Wuffel83
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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1988
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 points
- Pleasant, matured malt with a good finish.
Tropical fruits, vanilla, citruses, caramel, antique leather and spicy wine.
Sweet and spicy. Dried fruits, matured oak, antique leather, tobacco, honey and caramel. Port wine.
Long, spicy, oaky.
fruit, ginger, chocolate, strawberries
- Balance (21) ... a lot of sweets. Interesting sample. Delicious but not perfect ... too sweet (88)
Sweet, rotten exotic fruits .... citrus fruits ... fantasy ... vanilla and marmalade ... ripe melon ... dead mouse ... (23)
It's sweet ... very sweet ... dried fruits and dust ... melon ... smoke (21)
Finish Sugary ... spices and tobacco ... fruit salad and cream ... pharyngosept ... lemon peel ... pepper (23)
- Tomatin 1988 27 year old needs some time to truly come to life. But, it’s worth it – delicious aged notes marry excellently with the underlying distillery character and make for fairly luxuriant whisky with a seriously good palate. The Tawny port influence is subtle here and therefore add vibrancy and sweetness without ever outstaying its welcome. Seriously tasty stuff.
Delicate and subtle and requiring a little resting in the glass. Once relaxed, this delivers apple turnovers, honey, orange peels and fresh cherries alongside earthy wood, polish, tanned leather and dusty books. As with many of Tomatin expressions its quite malty – this one has some underlying herbalness too – rather mossy.
Viscous and chewy. Aged notes come straight away with polish, leather and smoked golden tobacco. These are supported by orchard fruits and berries – raspberries in particularly. Honey and butterscotch provide both body and sweetness and gentle pepper and cinnamon deliver some vibrant but sympathetic spicing.
Long with dusty oak and fresh red berries.
- Granted, I haven't tasted many of them, but this is the best Port cask whisky I've had thus far. I'm not finding it oversweet at all, really, and the port just greatly tweaks the distillates assets, rather than bringing a monolithic note of its own. Never was I tempted to write "Port" as a note per se.
Adorable right of the bat. Refined yet very obvious. Cherries but moreso raspberries (rarely had I encountered raspberries so clearly). Blackcurrant, and a mint leaf. Fern, quite a lot of it, and even a soft cheesy touch, but it's still very coherent. Evolutive. Violets ! Subtle, refined, yet generous. Vinous (think Rivesaltes), but not overly so, the distillate is not burried at all : the typical bittersweet plums are here. Fresh cherries again. An impression of salty bread to match the cheese.
So soft, and very evolutive again. Vinous and very juicy on arrival, rapsberry then coming to claim the throne again. Under a waxy guise at first, even very mineral. Then it even gets meaty, which was unexpected. Fern is still here and leads to some soft spices at the end of that very evolutive palate (white pepper, a tiny bit of cinnamon).
Red fruits and white pepper again, vegetal and quite dry. Twenty minutes later, some notes of cherries, plums and rhubarb jam were still clearly lingering in my mouth. A treat.
- Bourbon and Tawny port casks
N: Sweet, yes - pastry sweet yet coupled with a hummus=porridge savouriness. Water brings out the sherry char. Could go either way on the palate.
T: Prickly with water. Either way, i cant decipher the spirit or the oak.
F: Tawny,... equals sugar.
C: I'll go back to the 44yo if you don’t mind WB.
Scores a C[+]