Tomatin 12 (40%)
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.
The Price is Nice
Very average taste - nothing special
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
My first bottle....but mot my last
On my third bottle.
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
Agreement with others
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
A very good sherry finished whisky for the price
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)