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Tomatin 18 Year Old

Very Dry Oloroso

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@VictorReview by @Victor

11th Jan 2017


Tomatin 18 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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The reviewed bottle of Tomatin 18 yo is owned by @Maddie, has been open for 3 years, and is 95% full. Tomatin 18 yo was finished in Oloroso sherry butts

Nose: fragrant high-pitched grapey-cum-flowery sherry is what greets you first with this one. The barley-malt is there when you look for it, but the wood is pretty slight and understated. Nice quality of the wine flavours with a nice integration of the wine flavours with the barley. Sweet-dry balance is good, and inclines toward the dry side. Score: 22/25

Taste: this is pretty grapey in the mouth, more so than I was expecting. The sherry dominates the delivery and the close. In the mouth this Oloroso comes across as very dry and astringent. Sweet balance is lacking. The barley flavours and the wood flavours are nowhere to be found. Score: 21/25

Finish: stays long and strong while the wine flavours slowly fade out. Score: 21/25

Balance: very good in the nose; good thereafter. Score: 21/25

Water added: 1) gives some very welcome sweetness to the nose, and 2) bundled and lowered the pitch of the grape flavours in the mouth. I prefer this nose with water added. For the palate, it's a toss-up as to which to like better

Total Sequential Score: 85 points


Strength: very good strength of flavours throughout. Score: 22/25

Quality: good to very good quality of all of the flavours, but wine is almost totally what you taste. Score: 22/25

Variety: not much. Score: 19/25

Harmony: good to very good harmony. Score: 21.5/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 84.5 points


Comment: Dry Oloroso Sherry, that's all there is. It's pretty good, but nothing to get too excited about. Very nice nose, though

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jeanluc commented

I've always enjoyed the tropical notes in Tomatin, do they come through in the 18 year old?

@Victor a note on text formatting: for dividers in content you could try --- with an empty line above and below, which should display as a horizontal rule.

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7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@jeanluc, no I can't really say that I observed tropical fruit in the Tomatin 18 yo. I will look for that in the future.

I am now sampling some Tomatin 15 yo Tempranillo, and I can get a little bit of something which seems like papaya. With a little deeper probing, there is also a hint of lychees.

Thanks for the tip on the line spacers. I may try them out. I do find the xxxx's cute too. For artistic variation I could use a different letter or symbol each time. (probably I won't do that)

7 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Wow—open three years, and 95% full!

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Ol_Jas, that's the tale of a couple of hundred bottles, all open at once...and the number continuing to grow. My sister loves to taste new stuff. She has less attachment to the currently open bottles.

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@Victor I think I am the same as your sister. I have over 50 bottles open and sometimes all I want is to try something that isn't open yet... relaxed

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Weirdo, I see that you 'liked' this review today. Recently, 4 1/2 years after this reviewed bottle of Tomatin 18 yo was opened, a group of eight of us had some. It was a big it. I would score it now at 90 points. Where it had seemed a little tight and austere when reviewed, the additional air seemed to allow it to relax, which was an excellent thing!

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MadSingleMalt commented

I still wish I had bought that bottle of this I walked away from priced at $35 on a mom & pop shelf about five years ago.

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