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This 12 year old was released in late 2003 to replace the 10 year old. A medium-bodied single malt from the Tomatin distillery.
Nose: Medium-bodied and well-balanced. There are notes of toasted cereals and barley. Hints of winter spice and buttery pepper emanating from the toasty oak. Hints of dark sugar and cut flowers with a note of malt extract, rum and apple peel.
Palate: Good body and quite sweet. There are notes of fudge and dark sugar, winter spice and a touch of vinosity, notes of toffee apple and Bramley peel with notes of dried herbs.
Finish: Good length with notes of boiled sweets and fruity sweetness.
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I drink low-to midrange single malts regularly, and keep the Magellan 18 y.o. and whanot for special occasions. My favorite will always be Glenfiddich 15 y.o., but this Scotch ranks with a good batch of Glenmorange Quinta Rubin for $10 less.
15th October 2016
For a 12 year old, this is motivated smooth. Too high alcohol content. Th
19th February 2016
I've tasted many Scotches in the US and Scotland and for a 12 yr Highland malt it's flavorful and reasonably priced. It's a Highland having more Christmas spice and less fruit flavors as found in a Speyside. I get lots of toasty barley and brown sugar with a long spicy finish. On the nose there is vanilla and Carmel. I'm thankful the Japanese saved this distillary. This is a great buy and change of pace from other 12 year olds. Add it to your collection.
15th January 2016
Saw this on a shelf of a store while traveling. 12 year single malt for $30? Yes, please! But after trying, it tastes like a much more immature scotch... basically a somewhat nicer but more costly Famous Grouse. It strangely sits between being a premium mixer and just ok on its own. Everything about the taste just misses for me and there's much better whiskey choices in this price range. It's worth a try but it just doesn't have anything to make it a go-to sipper.
31st October 2015
I'm not sure why the reviews are so polarized on this whisky. Yes, it tastes volume produced (and Tomatin is a large volume distillery) but it's 'good quality' volume produced, if you know what I mean. Nicely rich and malty, supple texture and relatively full bodied for $27 a bottle. I would rate this better than any other in its price range, including Speyburn 10.
14th August 2015
I found this just to my palate. Smooth and light, with a subtle aftertaste of the mountain peats and streams. I'm English......but this stuff certainly did the trick for me. Sang old scottish battle songs and laments all the way home. I do have Cameron ancestry.Lovely stuff.......I shall be seeking it out.
18th July 2015
actually like the dualchas better...
9th July 2015
Not Glenlivet...but not bad.
16th May 2015
Opened a bottle today. Reminded me of Glenfiddich. Had that sweetness that isnt quite sherry. Dont know how to describe it. Not good. Suffice it to say, disappointing. Doesn't compare to my inexpensive Highland standby, Glenmorangie Original.
19th April 2015
Smooth barley malt whisky with some light fruit notes of pear, apple and lemon. Some alcohol harshness is noticed on the first pour here as well: give this one some time to open up. Taste is much like the nose, clean barley malt sugars and light fruitiness with a lovely sherry note. Finish is clean and sweet. A good all-around single malt equally suited to sipping or mixing at a great price. If you like sherried whisky or budget single malts like Speyburn 10, try this. 3.5 stars.
20th March 2015
I found this bottle at my whisky-store and I bought them because I don't yet know this whisky before and also because I had a 25 %-reduction-coupon. The flavor on palate is a little bit strange and not so my taste, and it seems that this brand will not be become to my favorites. 3 stars are more than enough.
30th January 2015
Ive had several different, very different scotch whiskeys. From Laphroaig to Glenmorangie. And for the price, tomatin is very good. So smooth and drinkable. If you don't like a punch, you'll like tomatin 12. Not alot of smoke, rather, soft. You won't regret a bottle of tomatin 12, I guarantee it.
18th January 2015
This is a very solid, very drinkable whiskey for me. I would rate it comparable to Glenlivet 12 and like the hint of sherry. It's not Macallan, but it's less than half the price here. Great value.
9th December 2014
I'm an amateur but I do agree with others that this is a scotch meant to be enjoyed on the rocks. I really enjoy this as an entry level bottle. Tonight I'm enjoying a bottle of Dalmore 12 and while I do enjoy it, I find that I would continue to buy Tomatin as a regular (though lesser in quality) bottle while this Dalmore 12 seems to be just a passing by. Next time I choose to spend 50$ on a bottle of scotch I probably won't revisit the Dalmore 12 but on the contrary I see myself becoming close friends with Tomatin.
30th November 2014
Needs to be enjoyed on the rocks or the finish is that of gasoline. If on the rocks it is one the better under 40$ scotchs I've had. Has a great aroma of Apple's and flora.
27th November 2014
750mL bottle @ 43%abv. Aged 12 years and finished in sherry casks for 6-9 months. While not quite of the same level of sophistication as Glenmorangie Lasanta 12, Glendronach, or Aberlour, this is a very nice sherry finished dram for the price - I paid only $28USD for my bottle! Some yeasty/overripe banana/alcohol notes in the nose, but also some nice fresh fruit (lemon/pear) and cotton candy/marshmallow notes. Taste is similar, with a nice sherry finish. A bit of spring water opens up the citrus and pear notes, but detracts from the overall character. A good single malt, and a great mixer at a reasonable price. Also an excellent bottle to keep in your cabinet as an offering to guests to keep them out of your expensive liquor.
14th November 2014
To start off, the bland color doesn't really appeal to me. But luckily, it doesn't indicate the quality of whisky. Sniffing some of the scent, I smell freshly cut grass and hints of oak wood. The taste is really friendly and easy going. No drama, no hotness, nice and smooth with fruity impressions such as juicy apples. The finish tends to get a bit more spikey and it doesn't hold back on the fruitiness. I have to agree with the review below me: it's kind of flat and monotone, but sometimes predictability works very well for me. (RB)
6th September 2014
When compared back-to-back with Aberlour 16 (one of my favorites) it's remarkable how much less of everything there is... less depth, less character and less change on the palate. The persons who described it as "light honey" are right. I was able to buy it in the states for $31 -- no complaints. I may keep one in the liquor cabinet just to make tasting more varied. Some will love the easy-drinking character.
31st July 2014
I love the explosions of flavors from this single malt. One of my top choices for relaxing at the end of the day. I'm on my 2nd bottle and will continue to keep this one stocked in my "refreshment" cabinet.
10th July 2014
My local liquor store had this on sale, and I almost didn't buy it based on the reviews here...glad that my internal accountant won! For $30, I think this is a great value. It is undoubtedly "light," but do you always want a heavy dram? On the nose, I first had a very Old Pulteney-like whiff of brine. As it aired, tangerine (sweet citrus) grew and mixed for a salty, sweet citrusy aroma. A few minutes longer, and I smelled vanilla and toffee (and this is on no oxidation in the bottle). Taste was consistent with the nose, but adding cinnamon and other spices (maybe even pepper like jalapeño?). I occasionally tasted herbal notes (green tea?). Finish carried the vanilla. I had zero rubbing alcohol here. I can't wait to see what happens with this bottle over time and will definitely buy again. For reference - I'm generally unable to drink islay whiskys unless I want the sensation of licking burnt wood (bunnahabhain excepted), with my staple dram being glenmorangie (as I always trust I can drink that neat anytime, anywhere). We all have individual palates - this dram may be better suited for more sensitive types, especially newbies that find peated whiskies unpalatable.
21st June 2014
The first thing that hit me was the smell. It was pretty bad.The taste was nice though. Not smooth, but it was okay. Not too impressive for a $56 bottle cdn at the LCBO. I would have gladly got a glennfitch or a glenlivet. If only oban 10 was cheaper here... :)
17th May 2014
Upon pouring myself a glass and without reading the label, I sipped and tasted many flavors; all finished off with a sherry aftertaste. It's a fruity, almost sweet flavor. Very good, the price made it better. Will definitely buy this again.
27th February 2014
This is exactly what I expected when paying for it. there is a subtle after taste that I can't put my finger on but other then that it's fine for the $ spent. decent decoy to keep your bourbon buddies off of your top shelf.
23rd February 2014
Not bad for what it is - a simple, no frills single malt. Honeyed nose, with some fruity hints. Slightly sweet, toasty oak palate, with a little harshness. Pleasant, light woody finish. For $30, I can think of better singles and blends, but this fits the bill.
2nd January 2014
For $24 here in Hawaii, this is a perfectly fine sherry whiskey. Only the Speyburn 10 is comparable in price. The Tomatin is a fine alternative.
27th December 2013
A good session dram. Light and smooth with definite fruit notes. More interesting than the 15 I find.
11th December 2013
Fantastic labeling. Great box design. Aftertaste reminded me of rubbing alcohol
5th December 2013
Flavor was ok, but after taste was bad and really nothing special about it. After one glass I've had enough and can't see me ever getting another.
29th October 2013
A truly very good single malt. Not at all in your face like some other whisky's, this one is very subtle and smooth. To the authors of the negative comments I urge you put down your of over smoked swill and open up a bottle of something you actually have to use your pallet for.
If something is too good to be true... Well, you know, it is. I was looking for a new whiskey to try and this one caught my eye. I knew it wouldn't be great for $30, but I expected more. More expensive whiskey is smooth and this definitely is not. One may speak of notes of this and hints of that, but the finish was similar to the fumes of fueling a vehicle. I should have known, but I won't make the same mistake twice. Back to The MacAllan and Balvenie.
5th September 2013
cannot believe the blended comments?? obviously stuck in a time warp, excellent finish to an excellent whisky!!
10th July 2013
Had a dram of this tonight - if I'd tasted this blind I'd have thought it was a high street blend.
18th March 2013
2nd March 2013
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I had this many years ago, the 10 year old, and was rather impressed! I got a 5th of the 12 yr. old for $21.00 USD and I am very impressed! thius is 43% ABV and a single malt High Land that smells, taste & lingers like a Speyside! Price like The McClleland with the taste of The Mc.Allan!
30th June 2012
bloody aweful as a single malt, tastes just like a good blended whisky. which funnily emough is what tomatin more known for
22nd December 2011