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07 Jul 2009

Tomatin 1976 (Scotch Single Malt Circle)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tomatin

Tomatin is an active Speyside distillery founded in 1897. It had a period of rapid expansion during the 1960’s and was working at full capacity between 1975 and 1980. After bankrupcy in 1985, it is currently owned by a Japanese group.

This 31 year-old Tomatin was distilled in November 1976 and matured in a refill sherry cask.

Tomatin 1976 Scotch Single Malt Circle Tomatin 31y 1976 (49,6%, Scotch Single Malt Circle 2008, cask #19085, 336 btl.)

Nose: ooh, honeyed and tropically fruity like old Speysiders (let’s say Glenrothes or Linkwood) or even old Bowmore can be. Exotic fruits: mango, pineapple, tangerine marmelade. Demerara sugar. Banana. Strawberry. Hints of cigar box and lavender. Slight waxy notes and silky vanilla. Just marvellous. Mouth: still very fruity (banana, apple, berries) but a lot more wood now. Hints of kirsch / rum. Resinous notes. Slightly tannic and sourish. Fading towards grapefruit. Finish: rather long, more wood, half fruity / half spicy with a faint bitterness. Even a salty edge (liquorice).

The nose of this Tomatin is tropical perfection, but on the palate there are a few less gentle (out of tune?) notes that counter-balance the overall fruitiness. A real treat anyway. Around € 155.

Score: 90/100

Tomatin 1976 (Scotch Single Malt Circle) 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-07-07
  • http://www.onversneden.com Johan

    This Tomatin is indeed a stunner. It reminded me of a Condrieu of a great vintage.

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