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27 Oct 2012

Tomatin 1965 (Douglas Laing)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tomatin

This Tomatin 1965 was bottled in the Old Malt Cask series by Douglas Laing. At that time they already had the typical six-angle box but with another styling than current releases.

 

Tomatin 1965 DL OMCTomatin 36 yo 1965
(49,7%, Douglas Laing 2001, 216 btl.)

Nose: less fruity than I was hoping for. Still some peach and banana but subdued in comparison to other 1960’s Tomatin. Some oatmeal notes and flour. A little dust and leather. Mouth: more typical, with lots of citrus notes (grapefruit, oranges). Hints of vanilla. Then quite some spices from the oak, like nutmeg and a pinch of salt. A little mint as well. Finish: medium length, half fruity, half oaky.

Old Tomatin is never a bad choice, yet this one is a tad disappointing if you’re looking for the typical fruitiness. Around € 200 in auctions now.

Score: 85/100

Tomatin 1965 (Douglas Laing) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-10-27
  • ce

    the fruitiness in tomatin only became “typical” in the early-mid seventies.

    there is no such exotic profile in 1960s bottlings.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Yes and no. The 1960s expressions are never at the same height as the 1970s but quite a few of them are definitely (more) fruity and a bit tropical. Think of the Daily Dram Oat Mint or the 1965 for Whisky-Doris.

  • MARS

    Tyred a tomatin in the platinum series from the early 60′ who clearly was fruity. It’s not the same kind of fruitiness as the 70′ but it was a very good one!

  • MARS

    Talking about the oat mint, I found it mainly focused on mint(menthol). A nice one but too much menthol for me.

  • ce

    good: yes,
    fruity: yes,
    but not in that exotic style which was considered to be typical for the mid 70ies make.

    the oat mint i remember very well. it is indeed very nice, but i find it more on garden fruits, not really tropical. a kind of “lighter” fruitiness, as with other very old malts.

    not a matter of quality at all.

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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