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17 Feb 2010

Tomatin 1980 (cask 994)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tomatin

Over the last few years, Tomatin had a makeover. A couple of years ago, there was just a standard 10 Year old, but nowadays they have a whole range of bottlings (12, 15, 18, 25, 30 and 40 Years old).

This single cask Tomatin 1980 was released in 2008.

 

Tomatin 1980 single cask 994 Tomatin 1980
(47,4%, OB 2008, cask #994, 172 btl.)

Nose: fresh start. Fruity notes (peaches, cherries) with marshmallow. Lovely passion fruits. Citrus. Some unripe banana and pineapple. Lots of vanilla. Gets a bit creamy after a while, absolutely delicious. Liquid dessert. Mouth: basically the same story with lots of fruits and notes of bubblegum and honey. Not far from some Irish profiles, but more complex I would say. Added hints of pink grapefruit. Unripe mango. Tropical but without the warmth or the sweetness that goes with it. Fresh, fruity, malty (hints of cereals) and slightly mineral. Finish: not too long. A bit more spicy notes (whiffs of ginger and cinnamon) and certainly sweeter.

A very nice Tomatin. Not cheap (around € 180) but really beautiful. Samples are available at Whiskysamples.eu

Score: 89/100

Tomatin 1980 (cask 994) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-02-17
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  • S.

    A DELIGHTFULLY elegant, CLEAN, fruity (green fruits; limey kiwi), citrus, silky beauty of a Whisky which is also very well rounded with a beautiful white oaky and slightly creamy finish!
    ABSOLUTE PURITY!
    PRICEY, but WORTHY of ELEGANCE and CLASS and SHOULD appeal to fans of the old Glenmorangie Artisan Cask too!

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    You’re RIGHT.

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