Single malt whisky - tasting notes

27 Dec 2013

Tomatin 1976 (Thosop)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tomatin

Thosop is the label started by Luc Timmermans in 2010. A total of 18 releases have been bottled with handwritten labels (including one uniquely hybrid Glenfarclas 1968 OB).

This year a 19th expression was released, a Tomatin 1976, a final bottling which marks the end of a great series.

 

Thosop handwritten - the complete series

 

Note that there are only 24 bottles of this Tomatin. None of them are commercially available, only collectors who own the complete Handwritten series have been able to buy this bottle.

 

Tomatin 1976 - ThosopTomatin 1976 (49%, Thosop ‘handwritten’ 2013, ‘Never released stock’, 24 btl.)

Nose: this one needs some time to settle, but then it shows the lovely fruits (red berries, guava, plums, tangerines) with lots of raisins as well. It’s a heavy sherry version like the one for The Whiskyman. Then a certain greenness and some oak spices (cinnamon, mint, aniseed) and a little dusty malt. A hint of metal polish as well. Mouth: herbal and sweet at first (cough candy) before the tropical fruits come out, like mango, pink grapefruits, peaches, raspberries and passion fruits. Mint and a hint of pepper. Fruit tea. Finish: long, with the sweet fruits chilling alongside the herbal notes.

Excellent Tomatin 1976 again. Perhaps a shared part of the Whiskyman cask, or maybe a different cask… but that’s not important. A nice pre-finale for this series.

Score: 91/100

Tomatin 1976 (Thosop) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-12-27
  • Marc Castermans

    Not the same as the Full Metal Dram Ruben, tasted them side by side.

  • WhiskyNotes

    OK, good to know Marc. In fact I though so already.

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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