Price Point: $30 – $40 for 750 ML
Distiller: The Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd.
Akin to Bulleit Bourbon, and other whiskies I have commented on similarly, Tomatin 12 Year Old is a whisky I have seen frequently on the shelf but never had a compelling reason to purchase a bottle. As I’ve said before, living in the control state of Pennsylvania means my options are limited, and at this price point, it was time to buy a bottle of Tomatin and see how it tastes.
Tomatin 12 Year Old’s nose starts out with malted barley, reminiscent of a pale ale. It’s not unlike Bruichladdich Rocks with its sourdough bread-like nose. There’s subtle fruity sweetness with a big inhale.
On the palate, this is a very pleasant whisky. It’s malt-forward, with plenty of spice. It’s smooth, but not dull; tasty without a hint of peat. Fruit characteristics are very minimal here, but do exist likely due to the sherry finishing. Tomatin 12 Year Old tastes like your everyday, flavorful Highland Scotch.
On the finish, this whisky leaves cinnamon and spice, not unlike the Amrut portfolio of whiskies.
Rating & Recommendations
Tomatin 12 Year Old is a decent Scotch, earning a rating of 83 out of 100.
This is an agreeable whisky in that it’s not overly complex or individual in its character. But it’s a good whisky to sip and enjoy while letting your mind wander elsewhere.