Single malt whisky - tasting notes

02 Apr 2013

Tomatin 1976 (Maltbarn)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tomatin

This is a slightly older Maltbarn release. It has been available for quite a long time, but now it seems to be sold out. A low yield for a sherry butt by the way, maybe a split cask?

I’ve been wondering how many casks of Tomatin 1976 are still lying around in warehouses, does anyone have an idea? Other highly acclaimed 1970s whiskies like BenRiach 1976 or Caperdonich 1972 are almost completely gone.


Tomatin 1976 MaltbarnTomatin 36 yo 1976 (50,7%, Maltbarn 2012, sherry butt, 102 btl.)

Nose: it seems a slightly less fruity Tomatin, with rather more herbal notes (sage, mint, dill, chamomile). Lots of honey. Maybe more oaky than some previous casks as well. Gingery. In the background: plum jam, banana and red berries. Soft sherry. Mouth: beautifully fruity. It could be mistaken for a good BenRiach 1976, with its mango, melon and truckloads of pink grapefruit. Pleasant soft oak and herbal notes towards the end. Finish: herbs and fruits trade places, bringing along a slight resinous dryness of the wood.

Very good Tomatin with a surprisingly fresh fruitiness on the palate. Maybe not the most expressive / fruity nose though. Around € 250, sold out.

Score: 90/100

Tomatin 1976 (Maltbarn) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-02
  • Pedro

    Bonjour Ruben, bravo pour vos notes.

    Ce Tomatin est surement très bon,

    mais vaut-il 100€ de plus que ceux de l’année dernière ?

    Jusqu’où cette inflation du prix des Whisky ?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Indeed it’s frustrating to see the prices increase rapidly while I also have the impression the best casks of Tomatin 1976 are gone. It’s still good whisky though.



December 2014
« Nov    

  • Dirk V.: I think Inge L. does a fantastic job with her whisky flavoured chocolates ;-)
  • SK: And just to prove a point, all of the bottles are still available in places where they usually run out. Lets see how many will be still available whe
  • SK: 2 years ago I tried the Caol Ila 1982 from Archives. What a fantastic whisky. Since then I always try to stock these Caol Ila from the 80s. Sadly no

Coming up

  • Octomore 6.3 258ppm
  • Peated Irish 1991 (Eiling Lim)
  • Ardbeg 1974 for Christmas
  • Spirit of Freedom 30 Years
  • Arran #3 (TBWC)
  • Auchentoshan 1990 (Archives)
  • Ben Nevis 1996 (Whisky Mercenary)
  • Elements of Islay Cl7
  • Benromach 5 Year Old

1682 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.