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28 Apr 2014

Tomatin 1978 (Cadenhead for The Nectar)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Tomatin

Cadeanhead’s Small Batch series seems to be a hit. They keep a nice balance of younger and older whiskies from a wide array of ditilleries. Some releases rapidly made a name for themselves.

Here’s a new Tomatin 1978 bottled for their Belgian importer The Nectar. We already saw a similar (general) release last year.



Tomatin 1978 - Cadenhead's Small Batch - The NectarTomatin 35 yo 1978 (46,5%, Cadenhead Small Batch for The Nectar 2014, hogshead, 216 btl.)

Nose: fruity. Hey, what did you expect? A slightly ‘greener’ fruitiness than most 1976’s though. A little more bubblegummy too, but really nice nonetheless. Oranges, stewed rhubarb and banana. Hints of yoghurt and quite some spearmint. A light, grassy oakiness. Aniseed. Oh wait, after some time it becomes even more aromatic, with some classic tangerines and pink grapefruit. Really good. Mouth: even more fruity. Bananas, tangerines, orange candy, pineapple. Hints of mango and strawberry candy. Rather sweet from the start, which makes this a great lemonade. Some candy sugar before it fades to pepper and cinnamon. An echo of the grassy notes as well, but no loud oak, nor any excessive dryness. Finish: long, slightly drying now but still pleasantly fruity and sweet.

Now that the legendary 1976’s are gone (?), this is probably the closest we can get to their profile. Slightly more bourbonny but overall a very similar, sweet fruit bomb character. Around € 270.

Score: 91/100

Tomatin 1978 (Cadenhead for The Nectar) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-04-28
  • Tony

    Hi Ruben – a little bird tells me you may have a bottle of the other release
    – have you been able to compare the two batches?

  • WhiskyNotes

    No, I don’t have it, sorry.

  • WhiskyNotes

    No, I don’t have the other one, sorry.

  • Maltje

    I have a 1978 35 years old but 44,1% !
    This is not the same?

  • WhiskyNotes

    The one you have was a general release bottled 2013 (two casks combined). This is a new release, a single cask.

  • Maltje

    Thnx,for the quick reply!

  • Tony

    Thanks Ruben. Interesting that your score (91/100) is only bettered by 2 out of the 10 1976s you have tried. So high praise indeed for 1978 (or at least this batch of it).

  • WhiskyNotes

    Well yes, but also matched by another 5 out of 10 1976s. It’s still the quinitessential vintage for me.

  • Timmy

    How would u rate the 2013 general release?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Very similar.



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