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A Berry Pickin' Dram

Tomatin - 1988 Batch #2

94.06 / 100

Rich & Round Flavours

Visual: 4.72 /5  •  Aroma: 23.89 /25  •  Taste: 37.72 /40   •  Finish: 27.72 /30

Dram Code: T222

Producer: Tomatin

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Ex-Port & Ex-Bourbon

Age: 25

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 46%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $434.70 (at time of review)

Dram Code: T222

Producer: Tomatin

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Ex-Port & Ex-Bourbon

Age: 25

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

ABV: 46%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $434.70 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

About This Dram

I had the honour of trying this whisky in a special private zoom tasting with not one – but three special guests from the distillery. Normally when you try an old special release that was bottled almost half a decade ago, you just enjoy the sample, accept that it’s no longer available, and move on. This time, however, the agents said “actually, we might have a couple of cases hanging around somewhere!”. The chances of that happening are so incredibly slim! What’s more, we even got a discount on the wholesale cost – which we’re passing on to our members!!

The below notes and score are from our Premium Members who attended the epic “Dram – It’s Good To Be Back” tasting on the 11th and 22nd of July 2021. After a long hard pandemic, we finally shared some drams together again in person. However, if you missed that event, you can see my personal first impressions on the below “Unbottling” video.

 

 

Tasting Notes

Blackberry bushes, peach cobbler, Milka chocolate, thistles, raspberries, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, fresh figs, wholewheat bread, distant smoke, singed KitKat wafer.

By Adam Bradshaw on August 01, 2021

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.