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06 Sep 2012

Tomatin 1976 (Whiskyman for Fulldram)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tomatin

Our next “Belgian whisky” is not a new one, it was released last June. Whisky club Fulldram tends to release a club bottling once a year or so, but this time a Tomatin 1976 came quickly after the Bowmore 1999. They said it was too good to let go.


Tomatin 1976 - Whiskyman FulldramTomatin 36 yo 1976 “Full metal dram” (49,3%, The Whiskyman for Fulldram 2012, 103 btl.)

Nose: alright! An excellent nose, full of juicy citrus with a good dose of sherry (I’d say a tiny bit more than usual). There’s tangerine, blood orange, pink grapefruit, apricot, banana and guava. Nice vanilla cake and honey. A little almond cream. There seem to be more mint and grasses than in similar releases, as well as a hint of silver polish (the metallic hint they’re referring to in the epitheton). A little oak polish too, but oak itself is hardly to be found. Superb. Mouth: very sweet at first, with red fruit jam, cooked peaches, half-dried prunes and then a brighter, very beautiful wave of typical Tomatin goodness: pink grapefruit, passion fruits, tangerine. Lovely depth and complexity. There’s a secondary theme of sweet oak, soft herbs and fruit tea. A nice touch of mocha glaze in the aftertaste. Finish: very long, softly drying on fresh herbs, with a lot of sweetness still.


An excellent example of Tomatin 1976, probably the best one we’ve had so far. Around € 185 at the time, but all 103 bottles have found a new home already. Not mine, unfortunately, as I wasn’t an official member of the club yet. I’m willing to adopt!

Score: 92/100

Tomatin 1976 (Whiskyman for Fulldram) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-06
  • joeri

    Happy birthday Ruben! You picked the right dram :-)

  • WhiskyNotes

    Thanks Joeri. You’re lucky to have one of these 😉

  • joeri

    Yep. The day it uncorks, I’ll give you a call :-)

  • Peter

    Dear Ruben,
    I wondered about your 92 Points of this bottling, cause the first half of this cask you rated with “only” 89 Points and you wrote that there ist too much sherry while in this bottling from the same cask you the love this “good dose of sherry”.
    Maybe you can explain this to me.
    Thanks a lot and have a nice day,

  • WhiskyNotes

    Oh really, who bottled the first half? I can’t seem to find another Tomatin with the same alc. vol. so they were probably bottled at a different moment which also means their character could have changed. Anyway, even if that wasn’t the case, there’s always the context, the amount of time you dedicate to the review to let the whisky breathe, how long the bottle had been open, etc. I’m not a tasting robot, I would never claim I have the exact same opinion about a whisky over and over again. All these Tomatins are very good whatever the score.
    If you have more information, I will look up a sample of the other half and try it again. I may have overlooked another stunner.

  • Peter

    Thanks for the explaining!
    And yes, in my opinion you should try once again the Whisky Doris Tomatin 1976! It’s a real stunner! If you send me your address, I’ll send you an sample of this terrific Bottling!



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