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Whisky Reviews for Tomatin 1991 WhB
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points
It’s normally a good sign when a bottle falls beyond the last few inches before I’ve even taken down a single note. First impressions were fair, but exceeded by higher final reflections.
N: The entire presentation rings with intent and vibrancy, the CS abv contributing enormously as is my [TWE’s] 1920’s style Blender’s glass - highly recommended. A touch of peat and a floral pinch is added to the oily<runny honeyed barley straw mixing bowl to set up a decent base. Opens out with sweet oaky lemon doughy-sponge and a linseed-y [somewhat dried~fermented] floral fruitiness. The more subtle colour tones include oily yeast flakes/yeast extract, polyurethane, a touch of fruity nail varnish, fruity scented stationary,… every nosing bringing new perceptions.
T: Comes in as you would expect, consistent with the nose profile. Only a few drops of water helps ease the journey, allowing things to flow more effortlessly. The oak is more prominent on the palate but far more balanced with the water. It’s not long nor overly complex but delivers a firm, large, confident, rich and satisfying mature mouthful.
F: Finishes consistently with oily~dry linseed-y/oaky sweet lemon<honeyed barley straw, reiterating what has gone before. Just a hint of farmy peat accompanies the putty fruits to complete the picture. Rock cakes and [ginger] biscuits at the death.
C: What a find, if I do say so myself. A no brainer at £66 a bottle. Needs optimal conditions in my view.
Scores a B+
- a fantastic malt, super fruity on the nose and round on the palate
Super fruity like Haribo Tropical fruits, cereals, lots of honey, milk chocolate, limes
spicy, Hustinetten, hardly fruit, apple peel, oak
very long, apple peel
- This beautiful single malt looks old and set, very nice overall; somehow "old school" and dignified but not necessarily spectacular. Still brilliant!
One of the best malts I ever had in my glass!
PLV 10/10 (September 2017);
Cornflakes with honey, a pronounced and beautiful grain note, malty-sweet, grated lemon zest, distinct hints of bananas, tropical fruits, maple syrup; and there is definitely fennel in the nose!
Spicy-woody, hints of still strong oak, less fruity than in the nose, subtle apples, followed by wonderful fine spicy herbal notes and a lot of grated lemon peel; Menthol!
Medium to long, pleasantly warming with a longer lasting subtle spice;
N: Marmite, yeast flakes, rubber tyres. Reduced to 46%: Cinder>dunder>bourbon with the fruits flowing.
T: More rubber and all-sorts besides. Leaving it out to open really pays off. More bourbon-led grapefruit-sour fruits.
F: Bourbon-led, settling nicely.
C: Good slow ageing. Time reveals the small treasures that hint back to the 70’s classics. Absolute bargain at £66 [August ’17].Scores a B
Straw, vanilla sugar, apple compote, sugared almond and fig. Water adds blood orange and peach.
An IPA-like fruitiness of passion fruit and grapefruit. Apple, straw, fig, pepper, lime, sugared almond and vanilla sugar. Even better with water, another tad fruitier.
Cookie, apple, grapefruit, fig and chestnut.