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Tomatin 30 Year Old

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Tomatin 30 Year Old

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  • Brand: Tomatin
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 30 year old

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Tomatin 30 Year Old

Nose: Very unusual stuff! Needs some agitating before the nose really starts to come to the fore and i'd suggest avoiding a tumbler with this dram in order that you catch it. There's a sweet syrup note, maybe honey or jam, and there's something of the outdoors but I can't place it. Stables. Not shit! But work. It's very very compelling to me but that may be personal, unsure.

Mouth: Honey, herbs, spice, surprisingly impolite given the age, a certain lack of smoothness but not necessarily in a bad way. But there is, perhaps, a little too much alcohol - it doesn't evaporate the way I felt and hoped it would so it feels like there's something a little unreleased or undiscovered. May be just a little too sophisticated for my palette this, unsure. Dry body.

After: I get something oily, something on the bonfire that shouldn't be on it maybe. Behind that, some sort of sweet desert, maybe cheesecake.

Overall i'm a little disappointed with this dram. At around £300 a bottle this would need to be very, very special to recommend it and it isn't that. Good, but whisky just as good is available for less than a third of the price.

@Nozinan the big clue is the title of this review, and the title and text of the accompanying review of Glen Scotia 18 yo by the same reviewer.

Is 'bias' the correct word to describe the subjective? I don't think so. "Prejudice" is the word most associated with dictionary definitions of 'bias'. Prejudice = pre-judgment. An honest subjective appraisal and preference made after experiencing the product is not pre-judged and therefore not biased. The subjective remains unique to the individual experiencing it, and therefore cannot claim any form of universal application to the tastes and experiences of others. Where you use the word "biased" I would use the word "subjective".

When @OdysseusUnbound says that he is biased toward Lagavulin I reply to him that his love of the Lagavulin products which he has tasted makes him biased toward Lagavulin only if he says that one of its products is great without he himself actually having tasted it. A subjective personal preference is an entirely different thing than is a pre-judgment without experience of the product under discussion.

I don’t think getting something cheap improves the taste. What I think it does is increase enjoyment.

Cracking a great bottle of OGD 114, knowing I paid $30 for it, is a load of fun. But it still tastes the same, which is great.

I liked the Amrut Single Cask bottles the LCBO brought in but would, at the time, not pay $125 for them. I did get them when they were reduced, buttery tasted the same.

@Victor I think we all show bias when we score and review whiskies here. If you don’t like sherry maturation, you will score A’Bunadh lower Han I would. Someone who does not like peat will not score a peated whisky as high.


omatin has announced a release of this 30-year-old whisky only a few weeks back (end of September), Retailing at £300, the expression is a premium batch release decanted into individually numbered bottles, with only 900 available in the UK.

The whisky was finished in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels, is presented in a premium oak box and is accompanied by a carrying case and seems to address the ultra premium market, as opposed to previous releases which did not go to length to present the whisky in such a luxurious way (adding to the price of course).

Indeed The 30 Year Old expression replaces the 1988 vintage… It seems Tomatin are targeting rich whisky collectors, and the whisky is released in time for XMAS shopping. The liquid is bottled at 46%. Let’s have a wee try…

**Nose **: Light and lovely, with a nice sweetness, hints of orchard fruit (peaches, apricots, pears) and also some tropical fruit with a lovely honeyed sweetness, a hint of chocolate and soft wood spices. There’s a nice wood influence, but clearly the whisky has spent most of the time in re-fill bourbon , and the wood influence is rather restrained for such a long period of time in wood.h

Palate: The palate is also rounded and sweet, with even more tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), with a nice touch of ginger powder, more chocolate, and nice malty touch as well, with time more notes of apple peel and nutmeg are revealed, as well as creamy vanilla and a hint of green banana.

Finish: The finish is of medium length, with the soft fruit, vanilla and wood going on for some time, quite creamy and rich.


This is the Tomatin 30 year old that has replaced the 25 year old. Tomatin distributes a limited edition of 2,000 bottles a year.

Nose: Wow! Candy, sweet old oak, caramel, short bread, rum, honey, leather, vanilla, tropical fruit, raisins, cereal malt, apricot, plums, shoe polish and raspberry hookah smoke

Taste: Apricots, tangerine, orange peel, dry mango, melon, lemon, honey, smoke, pineapple, oak, leather, cigars, tropical fruit, passion fruit with a little cinnamon on the tongue. This is extremely complex and an amazing whisky

Finish: Medium finish, the tasting notes follow through to the finish which makes this whisky superb and very delicious. For a 30 year old whisky that is 46% and non chill-filtered, this finish is indeed silky smooth with absolutely no after burn. This bottle is reasonably priced at just under $200, is readily available, old and complex..........extraordinary! I know 99100 is a relatively high mark, but the only mark that I would take off would be that this bottle can withstand, if not enhance the quality of the whisky with a higher abv. The high mark is because of the amazing quality of the whisky and that this whisky can be replaced over and over again throughout my life, what more could I ask for.

Yes, and it's only $200

I couldn't agree more, wish all 30yo whisky was priced this well : )

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