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Tomatin Legacy

(70cl, 43%)

Tomatin Legacy

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Tomatin Legacy Bottling Note

Tomatin distillery's new no-age-statement release uses virgin oak as well as bourbon casks. It provides a new entry level to the Tomatin range but the use of different casks make this a unique expression.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Lemon, panatella and pine forest. Slightly green with vanilla.

Palate: Cracked pepper and sweet barley with pineapple cube sweets. Waves of warming oak beneath.

Finish: Sweet but peppered.

Overall: A clean and certainly affordable single malt whisky.

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Tomatin Legacy Reviews

honey and shmoothy

great taste good price

24th September 2020

Smooth excellent malt

Excellent malt whisky warming through and through, very smooth well worth the price

14th September 2020

Tomatin is a very good distillery; very underrated.

Tomatin Legacy is a fabulous dram for the money; in fact its a great whisky at any price.. the more air it gets, the better it gets so worth leaving the bottle after a few, and it will mellow even more.
lemon is to fore but plenty other fruit in background along with honey and vanilla.. a little pepper but very smooth for it age. Tomatin is a very good distillery; very underrated.


13th August 2020

Smooth single malt whisky

Very smooth whisky and great value for money, goes really well with any cocktail. Great fan and a massive fan already.

9th July 2020

Excellent value for money.

Very clean and smooth whisky a father's Day gift from my daughter.
Extremely enjoyable will definitely look for another bottle.

25th June 2020

Value for money.

A better than average young malt. For anyone new to malts, this is a good starter. Quite smooth with a fruity taste. Value for money which I would buy again..TJ

2nd June 2020

let it stand in the air

Very young and harsh, the alcohol suppresses everything. But fruit in the nose, and nice sweet on palate. It is worth leaving it in the air even for a long time.
Then much better, than a black label at the same price.
The dry residue is the most beautiful I have seen, strawberry flavor comes out!

4th April 2020

Stunning single malt - Highly recommended

what a find. great price and very smooth and soft whisky. why spend money on expensive blends when you can have a top quality single malt for such a great price. highly recommended.

14th January 2020

It's very harsh.

It's pleasant on the nose, you can definitely get the scent of the barrels which is nice but...
I can normally have a few then finish the bottle on the same night but I find this has a certain lacking to the flavour, it smarts a little and leaves a very harsh aftertaste. Not my preferred choice.

1st January 2020


Very nice indeed, fresh, fruity, citrussy in the nose. A bit disappointing on the palate, still fruity and full of lemony crispyness but more and more on the hot side. A bit too young to be bottled (guess it is 5-6 yo). No big offence as Glendronach 8yo is IMHO hotter and with more burn on the tongue. Nevertheless one of the most budget malts for everyday sipping:)

14th September 2019

Easy drinking, nothing special

Very easy drinking, an ok whisky if you can get it on special

1st September 2019


Was recommended, had a taste in Edinburgh, than. Had to visit the distillery, just by Inverness, great tour, and tasting, super tour guide, this was my favourite, they have lots of history, and vaue their customers, and go dor quality rather then a mass market.
Prefer it to highland park 12year old.

12th August 2019

Really good, give it a try

Great little whisky. Tomatin has become my new favourite distillery. This is just lovely, pineapple and woody, really very good.

18th May 2019

Great Value for money

I’m no expert but for 23eu in Carefour Spain tastes good to me , I went to the distillery last year great tour and tasting and the most amazing taste room with 100s of stored cask samples

6th January 2019

Budget scotch

Honestly, you get what you pay for. It isn't bad for those on a budget, but spending a little more for some of Tomatins other scotchs is well worth the money.

27th December 2018


Excellent single malt

5th December 2018

Very good

Very very good.

12th October 2018

Misses the mark.

Not a huge amount of flavour and a slightly dodgy after taste. Each to their own I suppose. My wife loves it so what do I know, but I go with those who reckon it's immature and lacking flavour. I wouldn't buy it again, put it that way, but I will drink it.

7th August 2018


First time taster. I like it! IMO just as good as 10yr old Glenmorangie. I give it 5 stars for the quality vs price.

14th July 2018

My Summerwhisky!

On the nose, toffee and something. A bit strange smell. Not so great.
But taste is different thing. Lots of sweat vanilla and toffee and it stays for a long time. Then, slowly the spiciness starts building up and boom, Grand finale! Beautiful. And it's cheap, 38€. Yes, i know. People from middle-europe just choked on their dram. It's cheap in Finland.

19th June 2018

Karen says YES!

Bought a bottle of this at my supermarket in Western Japan for £20, a super deal for a well-balanced and curious NAS.
On the nose- toffee straight away, followed by molasses and honey, and warm leather.
On the palate- fresh oak, slight oiliness and oats.
Dry herbs and long, woody finish.

20th May 2018

Will buy again.

Very nice for the price. Excellent

14th April 2018

good mid range whiskey

A nice smooth whiskey exellent for the price

14th April 2018

Good drop. Tasty. Bit young.

For the price this is a great dram. What I realise reading the reviews is that you shouldn't read reviews. Everyone likes their own thing. I would buy this again, not something I often do.

13th April 2018


Affordable? This is higher than the 12 year old?

5th February 2018

Better then the glenlivet founders reserve

Sweet, mellow young but in a good way. Needed the 43abv, any less it would miss oomph which it certainly needs. Lots of vanilla and honey. Much better then the glenlivet founders reserve crap!

6th January 2018

Reminds me more of a tequila

Very young and spirity. Some nice lemon, honey, and toffee notes. Maybe it will improve over time. For the price, I can't complain.

11th December 2017

Pleasure to drink , warming , nice nose too

Well worth the money , tried whiskies far more expensive ( I mean £100 per measure ) than this and have tasted far worse .

2nd November 2017

Not for me

Did nothing for me at all. Quite harsh on the throat. Sometimes cheap is just a waste of money.

2nd October 2017

Will never buy it again

Didn't like it at alit has an

6th September 2017


Pepper and huge stength core malt

9th August 2017

Will buy again

As inexperienced whiskey drinkers thought it was easy to drink will buy again and going to try another Tomatin

30th May 2017

Very nice summer dram

The virgin oak adds something fresh and unique, lovely stuff!

27th May 2017

Please try to make a old fashioned! It's mind blowing chocolaty!

Low price & perfect for old fashioned.
Chocolate flavor blossoms after adding orange oil. True delight.

16th May 2017

Not a legacy to stand on...

A clean citrus nose, let down by an unfortunate paraffin note at the crest of the palette before the pepper and sweetness returns. Taking a risk with the Tomatin reputation with this release - but not a huge one at that. Others have done a lot worse (Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Laphroaig Select etc)

7th April 2017

Good for the price.

It's a known fact that water brings out flavours in a whisky when needed. Especially those that are high abv or a little closed. The foremost whisky tasters in the world all use drops or teaspoons of water to lower abv and bring out flavours. Maybe do some research before criticisizing others.

This is a pretty good little whisky for the price. Yes, its young. But the fresh, crisp flavours are there (especially with a few drops of water and 15 minutes rest). For the price, this is a damn good whisky.

2nd April 2017

Love it ......

Sorry but malt whisky dosen't water just a good palate...... what's the point of having a good fire just to put the flame out with water.... enjoy the malt.. dont kill it.......

16th January 2017


New to malt whiskey, cheap but harsh needed quite a bit of water

7th January 2017

Nevada Camel

Darn it! I forget the rating AGAIN!!

17th December 2016

Nevada Camel

Don't know where the bad reviews are coming from. I tried this as day 16 of my Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar and thought it to be quite good. Does it taste young? Yes it does, but not in a bad way. It is not rough or harsh, but it is mellow and flavorful. I was surprised to see that this is only $27 US. I had this pegged for a $45-50 for sure. Don't believe the naysayers. Try it for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

17th December 2016

Great scotch!

forgot to vote back in 2014

17th November 2016

It's decent

Ok guys, take this with a cup of salt, because I am bad at whiskey reviews, but I've had my share of good whiskeys, so I can compare.
I have read all of the reviews before me before buying tomatin legacy. Honestly, I don't know where are the bad ones coming from..
Without a doubt I can say that I like tomatin 12 very much in the "cheap" whisky department, it never disappoints. It is mellow, smooth, with a tiny little bit of smoke on the nose.
Legacy could be compared to tomatin 12 directly. For me they are very similar, except legacy has more oomph (but it's understandable, it is younger), also it has a more noticeable smoky flavors (on the nose and on the palate).
Bottom line is, if you are familiar with tomatin 12 and don't know if you should try legacy: TRY IT. They are similar enough to not dissapoint you, just with a little bit of new details :)
I hope this helped.

25th June 2016

Needs a bit of oomph.......!

Very disappointing. Obviously very young, needs more of everything! I'm amazed that they thought this was good enough to release as their entry level malt. Don't waste your money.

6th April 2016

Cheap and cheerful but nothing special.

Stopped by the Tomatin distillery on my way up to Inverness and tried most of their current range. I would strongly recommend stretching to the 12 year old as it is a better balanced and fuller dram than the rather immature, thin and fiery Legacy.

19th October 2015

This Beer Blog:

The colour is rich and light amber like in appearance and when rolled around the glass is a little syrupy.

The nose has aromas of lemon and almost pine notes Vanilla and caramel notes with an airy freshness in the background.

The flavour is light and delicate with a peppery sweetness which has with hints of pine. Boiled lemon sweets, pineapple and crunchy green apples Warming with pine notes again

The finish is clean light and refreshing with notes of cracked pepper coming back.

8th September 2015

Received it as a gift

I was so disappointed after trying this one. A young, hot, thin dram without much flavor. Tomatin cashing in, perhaps. I took it to a friend's party and left it there.

19th June 2015

Whiskey as it should be!

Seeing a bottle of single malt for this price got me in a bit of a skeptic mood, especially as I'd gotten used to good blended whiskeys that don't cost much less, but it was cheap enough and nice-looking enough so I went for it.
Never made a better choice about alcohol, ever! Smooth tasting and sweet to the nose with a hint of grassiness and oak. Gives a bit of a burning sensation in the nose and eyes on first sniff, but smooooooth and delicious - you'll be drinking more drams than you might be used to!

9th March 2015

Tastes like young whisky

if you're used to 12-year old whiskys like Bunnahabhain or Glenfarclas this tastes like cheap undermatured malt. You can buy Teachers and get better value

19th January 2015

How lovely

You really get the Virgin oak here, it gives the whole escapade a sense of fun and Joie de vivre. I like my single malts to be one of two things, exceptional examples of the class or experimental. This is both. Very well done.

9th January 2015

Oh dear me..... Single malt at $18.90 a bottle dancing*****

****on my tastebuds like this..... Even as I read the back of the bottle describing Aroma: Vanilla pods, marshmallow, sponge cake, fresh pineapple, mixed with citrus lemon and boiled sweets. Palate: Light and delicate with a candy sweetness which is peppered with hints of pine, Lemon sherbet, pineapple and crunchy green apples. Finish: Clean, light and refreshing.
***What really was so supernatural about this haunting spirit is that as one takes a sip while reading these words------you can taste the experience and read along in English Language as to the beautiful experience.... Delicious and wow are words that come to mind and look forward to another one as a treat sometime soon.......From West Central Wisconsin to you Scot Blokes responsible for this masterpiece----------------GREAT JOB!!!!!

13th November 2014

Extremely nice and mellow

Very smooth and light on the palate. Clean finish. Can't be beat at the same cost.

27th September 2014

Great scotch!

Agree with "Tomatin Legacy, what can I say" who is right on. I paid $22 for this whisky - tremendous value! I feel there is some younger whisky present but it's very well hid. It's a sweet, creamy scotch with flavors of vanilla and wood but augmented with pine notes and surprisingly, deeper flavors especially in the finish. Indeed, molasses is present, and you don't usually find that in cheaper whiskies. Hats off to Tomatin on this one. Virgin oak well played.

5th May 2014

Tomatin Legacy, what can I say

For a whiskey that is ageless in label this really is something sublime, I only bought it out of impulse mainly due to the price it was offered at and the stunning box catching my eye and I have to say what a buy at £20.00, its very drinkable with a deep woody flavour and the bourbon cask with a treacly texture afterwards, it does have a pine like essence on the nose but such a delicious colour not too far off butterscotch. Love the warming aftertones and how it sticks to the glass. Definitely one of the best low price nips to be had. Superb,

23rd November 2013

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