Tomatin Pipe Up for 1988

Tomatin 1988 Port Finish I love Tomatin whisky, i love port finished whisky and I love comparing whiskies so to compare two 1988 Vintage Port Finished Tomatin's is a dream come true.

The first dram being the new Tomatin 1988 vintage port finish that has been added to the core range and the second being the Cask Strength cask sample i received when on a tour back in October.

They both have oodles of tropical fruit and plum and it's interesting to note that the cask strength did need a touch of water to tame down the spicy ginger notes and bring out the best of it. For someone who normally prefers Cask strength the sample version was fantastic but needed the touch of water and i think the 46% version is just about right, maybe a touch higher at 50% would appease some of those who want to add their own water, but this strength works well and it is a very good addition to the core range.

Thanks to Jennifer at Tomatin for the official samples.


Tomatin 1988 Port Finish cask 36442

Tomatin Cask Sample Back in October last year when i toured Tomatin distillery (see post here) as a competition winner, I not only had a brilliant day out but also came away with a wee extra.

In my hands was a cask sample, from cask #36442 which was a 1988 vintage Tomatin finished in a port cask. Jennifer at Tomatin knows my love of port finished whiskies and there had been a lot of banter on twitter about port finished whiskies prior to this visit so i was overwhelmed to receive this sample.

I haven't posted this review until now however as this dram is actually the forerunner to the new 1988 Port Finish standard release added to the core range this year and so it only makes sense to compare it to that with this sample being Cask Strength and the other being 46%

Thanks to Jennifer at Tomatin for the official sample.

 

This dram really has a distinctive sweet Note that I get with Tomatin, there's lots of Tropical fruit (melon, kiwi, lotsof kiwi, and pineapple) but with the addition of plum skin, Pomegranate seeds & coconut with a hint of acetone (due to ABV as this disappears with a touch of water)

Very fruity With pineapple, kiwi and Melon with plum and nectarine, & pomegranate a Wee kick of nutmeg & grated ginger too

Slight spice the super smooth fruit smoothie

Bottle Name: Tomatin 1988 Port Finish cask 36442
Age: 1988 Vintage
ABV: 58.00
Distiller: Tomatin
Bottler: Tomatin
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Tomatin 1988 Vintage Port Finish

Tomatin 1988 Port Finish Anyone who knows me, knows that i have a real fondness for port matured or port finished whiskies and this is no different as this 1988 vintage port finish which has been added to the Tomatin core range is an absolute belter.

Effectively replacing the 30 year old this 1988 vintage takes the tropical fruit sweetness of the 30 year old and adds layers of plum and a slight hint of grated ginger on the palate and finish.

The 30 year old will always have a place for me and i'm very sad to see it replaced, but this dram really does work for me and i will be going through a bottle or two of it.

you can pick up a bottle of this dram for around £160 by heading over to The Whisky Exchange

Thanks to Jennifer at Tomatin for the official sample.

 

the initial notes i get in this are all very sweet, with fresh sticky honey coated banana and tropical papaya, then lots of sweet victoria plums with freshly scraped vanilla pod and lovely freshly made caramel. I could easily nose this dram all night long, it's just lovely.

Sweet banana chips and manuka honey with lovely juciy honeydew melon, edges of kiwi and papaya, with fresh madagascan vanilla and a scraping of grated ginger

banana honey and grated ginger, nom nom nom

Bottle Name: Tomatin 1988 Vintage Port Finish
Age: 1988 Vintage
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Tomatin
Bottler: Tomatin
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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