Review No.74. Tomatin 12 Year Old

I can’t help think of tomato ketchup or tomato tins when I hear the name Tomatin.  Anyway, this is a highland distillery producing large amounts of whisky meaning that they supply a decent amount to be blended for blends and blended malts.  They have an extensive range of single malts, particular non age statements.  This 12 year old is their entry level malt from their core range priced around £35.  However, this is not their youngest age statement single malt, they also churn out an 8 year old priced about £10 more.  Both of these malts have been matured in bourbon and finished in sherry casks.  Would be interesting to compare the 8 and 12 side by side to see what the extra 4 years have done.


Whisky: Tomatin 12 Year Old Single Malt, 43%.

Nose: Juicy apples, mango, banana, butterscotch, vegetal

Taste: Apples, tinned fruit salad, butterscotch, malt, nuts, oak

Finish: Fruit salad, nuts and oak

Score: 3.25

Summary: This is a flavoursome, juicy and clean tasting single malt. The bourbon influence shows and the sherry cask exerts a pleasant nuttiness and does not impart too much bitterness although it does become quite bitter right at the finish.  There is something tropical to this that puts it apart from other typical highland malts which I find tend to just limited to vanilla and citrus.  At 43% and for £35 I think this offers decent value for money.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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