Single malt whisky - tasting notes

09 Aug 2011

Tomatin Decades

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tomatin

Tomatin Decades has been composed to celebrate Douglas Campbell, their Master Distiller who has been working for Tomatin for 50 years now. To honour this, one cask was selected from every decade that he has worked there. There were three refill sherry casks (1967, 1976, 1984) and two first fill bourbon barrels (1990 and 2005).

It seems this ‘cask vatting by numbers’ concept is a new trend, after the Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary and similar ideas like the Glenlivet Decades set or Ardbeg Rollercoaster.


Tomatin DecadesTomatin Decades
(46%, OB 2011, 9000 btl.)

Nose: starts buttery and milky, with hints of vanilla ice cream. Soon these notes are overtaken by juicy fruits: stewed apples, peaches, but also great hints of tropical fruits. Dried fruits from the sherry are present on a lower level as well as some marzipan and caramel. Even some traces of peat. Nicely layered, plenty of things to discover. Mouth: creamy again (fruits with whipped cream, yum). Apples, orange sherbet, papaya… Vanilla and cinnamon. Faint butterscotch notes. Sweetish, fresh and balanced. Finish: medium long, hints of drying oak now, and soft spices.

This Tomatin Decades is well composed. It’s nice to see the typical 1960-1970’s fruitiness mixed with vibrant flavours and a creaminess from the younger casks. Fair pricing as well, so recommended. Around € 80.

Score: 89/100

Tomatin Decades 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-09
  • Tom

    I have tasted this Tomatin Decades before it was actually labeled. Douglas Campbell brought it with him to the Limburg Whisky Fair. Excellent whisky and good quality considering the price. It is evident that the ‘champion’ Tomatin vintages 1976 and 1984 are represented in this vatting. If I remember correctly, Douglas mentioned that that 2005 Tomatin was actually the peated variety.

  • Bert B.

    Completely agree, nice stuff and correctly priced !!!


  • Nayrobi

    This is one of the very best original bottlings for ages to me !! really nicely layered and the casks are beautifully chosen. great harmony in flavour, rich and really a lot to discover. i love it ! this is a great price too .. PS: especially because i love the 1976er tomatins single casks soo much !

  • Yannig

    Mijn goesting!



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