The Tomatin distillery was built in 1897 and is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland sitting nearby the Hill of Parting which is where the Jacobite clans settled after their defeat at Colloden.
The distillery was founded by a Japanese company and it is currently owned by a different Japanese company Takara Shuzo and Okura. The water source for this distillery is All-na-Frithe a burn which is found locally. This helps the distillery produce 5,000,000 litres of whisky each year which is the largest of any distillery in Scotland. The still room has 23 stills in total.
The name Tomatin in Gaelic means ‘the hill of bushes’.
What to expect: smokey and peaty whisky with a distinctive oak aroma on the nose full of summer fruits and spicy with richness.
Tomatin 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 43%
Matured in a combination of 1st fill ex Bourbon barrels and refill American oak cask and Spanish Sherry butts.
The Tomatin 12 Years Old is the flagship single malt of the Tomatin distillery, smooth and easy to drink this single malt is the start of a whisky journey of outstanding quality and flavour. After spending time maturing in traditional oak casks, this particular Tomatin spends the last six to nine months of its maturation exclusively in Oloroso Sherry casks.
Nose: A complex, fresh and airy bouquet which contains rich malt and fruity aromas with a hint of peatiness.
Taste: The palate is rewarded with a unique combination of attractive flavours – a balance of apples, pears and malt with a gentle hint of nuttiness introduced by the subtle use of sherry wood. Very smooth and silky.
Finish: A wonderfully rich and elegant taste produces a long and satisfying finish; there is an oily richness which leads to a desire for more.
Tomatin Cu Bocan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 43%
Named after a mythical black beast thought to stalk the Highlanders of Scotland this Single Malt whisky is a beast in its own right. Lightly peated single malt matured in a compelling combination of Virgin Oak, Bourbon and Sherry casks. Released for the first time in October 2013. This whisky is non chill filtered, bottled at 46% abv, small batch release and boasts 15 phenol parts per million. A truly delicious single malt that ticks all the boxes.
Nose: You are initially hit with coconuts and cream with some botanic notes, parsley and coriander. The smoke emerges after a minute, but only drifting past the nose. A mesmeric mix of lime, grapefruit and tangerines with rich almond and aniseed.
Taste: Initially feather light, followed by a honeyed smoke; toasted almonds. The rich spice of cloves, cinnamon and star anise create an enigmatic elegance. Imagine a cafe latte with fresh chocolate shavings.
Finish: Light with a hint of sweet smoke.
Five Virtues Series Fire Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46%
Since 1897 Tomatin have been combining soft mountain water with tender local barley, introducing it to tall copper stills and – following years of maturation in oak casks – collecting the mellow, fruity spirit. Approaching alchemy, the process reveals nature’s extraordinary elements in all their glory. Indeed – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – elements central to civilisation’s most ancient philosophies, enjoy incredible synergies. Combined, they produce outcomes far greater than their sum.
This symbiosis – the ‘Five Virtues’ – is a concept synonymous with the age-old processes and materials employed by the distillery men. Water feeds wood; wood sustains fire; fire gives life to earth; earth yields metal; metal gathers water; and the cycle continues…
To celebrate the Five Virtues, leading artist, Eva Ullrich, has explored these interactions and their role in whisky production. The result is five striking artworks…and five unique expressions.
The second phase of the cycle is exhibited through maturation of this edition in heavily charred oak casks which, having been fired before previous use, were stripped then re-fired stimulating new, fresh vanilla flavours.
Like devouring a sweetly satisfying baked apple pie with a light dusting of cinnamon. Creamy with some citrus zing, this edition is slightly dry with a delicate, spicy finish.
Nose: Creamy butterscotch with citrus and winter spices.
Taste: Sweet apple pie with a light dusting of cinnamon.
Finish: Slightly dry with a delicate spicy finish.
Tomatin 14 Years Old Portwood Finish Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46%
The Tomatin 14 Year Old is soft, smooth and sweet, benefiting from its time spent in Tawny Port casks which previously held port for around 50 years. Rich but balanced aromas of red berries, sweet honey and rich toffee develop into aspects of light fruits and nuts on the palate and an abiding finish of smooth fruit salad.
Matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Port casks.
This exceptional single malt was added to the Tomatin range in 2014. It is soft and smooth with a significant sweet influence from the Port casks. After spending time maturing in traditional oak casks, this particular Tomatin spends the last eighteen months of its maturation exclusively in Port pipes.
Nose: Honeydew melon, red berries, baked apples. Rich toffee, butterscotch. Sweet honey and bitter dark chocolate.
Taste: Fruit and nut. Peaches, apricots, mango and plum. Mixed walnut and pecan.
Finish: Smooth fruit salad which lingers on the palate.
Tomatin Limited Release Cask Strength Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 57.5%
Matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry casks. This whisky is the first Cask Strength expression to be added to the Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky core range, allowing them to showcase the true Tomatin style in its most natural state – natural colour, no chill filtration, full strength. A marriage of full maturation Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks, it is spicy, sweet and smooth and an excellent addition to the range.
Nose: Golden syrup. Orange and lemon. Pears. Walnuts. Ginger biscuits. Gets sweeter with time.
Taste: Marzipan, burnt sugar. Toasted malt loaf. Chestnuts. Polished leather. Vanilla flavoured tobacco.
Finish: Dry, with a developing spiciness.