Tomatin 1988

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 278.75

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36 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1988

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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).
    • Finish
      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.

  2. Simon Stood scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: a little intense, weak - 21
    Taste: citrus, pastries ... - 22
    Finish: long enough, leather, black and green pepper - 22
    Balance: 21
    Total: 86

  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ripe, strong malt. I attribute the fruity notes mainly to the port barrels.
    • Nose
      At the beginning a little peppery on the nose. But then it gets really sweet and fruity. Plum jam. Nut nougat cream. Smells like sweet breakfast! The spicy oak behind it only shows up late.
    • Taste
      Buttery soft and wonderfully oily on the tongue. Nutty spice meets sweet plums and some pepper. More oak and a bit dusty spine on the palate. All in all, much less sweet than the impression on the nose.
    • Finish
      Becoming drier. Dark chocolate. Medium length and warm.

  4. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, matured malt with a good finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tropical fruits, vanilla, citruses, caramel, antique leather and spicy wine.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and spicy. Dried fruits, matured oak, antique leather, tobacco, honey and caramel. Port wine.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  6. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      caramel, vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      fruit, ginger, chocolate, strawberries
    • Finish
      89 89
      fruits, cinnamon

  7. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (21) ... a lot of sweets. Interesting sample. Delicious but not perfect ... too sweet (88)
    • Nose
      Sweet, rotten exotic fruits .... citrus fruits ... fantasy ... vanilla and marmalade ... ripe melon ... dead mouse ... (23)
    • Taste
      It's sweet ... very sweet ... dried fruits and dust ... melon ... smoke (21)
    • Finish
      Finish Sugary ... spices and tobacco ... fruit salad and cream ... pharyngosept ... lemon peel ... pepper (23)

  8. Macheye scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Long with dusty oak and fresh red berries.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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[+]


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