Scotch - Single Malt

Tomatin 12yr Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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94th Percentile
This score falls in the 94th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2011

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Proof66 Notes

Tomatin 12yr is the youngest expression from the distillery and provides the entry point for the exclusive line. They claim it has a "big smooth texture" and a "classic highland malt."

Tomatin Distillery is located on the eastern edge of the Monadh Liath Mountains and widely acknowledged to have illicit stills are part of its history reaching back to the 15th Century when.

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This bottle has 6 ratings and 6 reviews.
jaketaz jaketaz (211)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-06-30)
A mere $26 in Florida, it's a mellow 12 year that goes great with soda or in a sour, or as a secondary spirit in something complicated. Not interesting enough to drink neat, though a whisky newcomer will find it tasty enough to enjoy. Comparable to the blended Compass Box flavor wise, mostly tart apple with a hint of peat. Refreshing and simple, with an extra star for value and mixability. I have friends that claim to hate scotch and still like this.
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Muncher Muncher (587)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-04-17)
Smokier, oakier, and spicier than I was expecting. I thought I was in for a crap version of the entry levels made by the big three Glen's, but the Tomatin 12 holds it's own with any of those. It has the same subtle malty sweetness, but the extra smoke, oak, and spice really makes for a decent dram. It's the best value in a 12 year scotch that I've encountered thus far.
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Hottgunn Hottgunn (12)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-01-21)
I like this Scotch a great deal especially at just over $20.00. Very full flavored taste on the tongue - like a toned down good rye. A terrific buy for a single malt.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (56)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-03-22)
Pretty good.
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bdehoog bdehoog (81)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-11-20)
solid price and solid flavor. no peat all malt.
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ReverendOlaf ReverendOlaf (2)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-04-22)
Tomatin 12 is a good not great Scotch, but it definitely is a solid buy for <$30 in Ohio.

What do you give up vs more expensive 12y single malts?  Complexity and perhaps flavor, as what you get is very smooth and rather mild.  It's definitely drinkable and a solid place to start one's single malt Scotch journey. No smoke, no peat, and no sherry.  Subtle malt flavor with a nutty aftertaste along with a bit of intermittant burn.  Drops of water open it up a tad, but there really is no mystery, just a simple though good expression.  Better than comparably priced blends and I really can't find any comparably priced single malts.   Will I buy it again?  Maybe, or rather probably, but not immediately once the rest of the bottle gets recycled.

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