Address : Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin, Inverness - Shire
Telephone No : 01808 511444
Web Site : www.Tomatin.com
Visitors Centre : Yes
Located on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains, Tomatin has a feeling of remoteness about it.
As a distilling site Tomatin reaches back to the 15th Century when drovers, bringing their cattle over high mountain passes to the market at Tomatin, filled their flasks from a still at the Old Laird’s House, beside the current distillery buildings. A formal distillery was commissioned on the site in 1897, and at 315 metres above sea level it is one of the highest in the country.
In 1985 the Distillery was acquired by Japanese shareholders, who established The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd and secured the future of whisky distilling in the Monadhliath hills. Tomatin now operates 12 stills, and in 2007 produced 2.5 million litres.
Below is a selection of the whisky produced at Tomatin:
Tomatin 12 Year Old
This exquisite 12 year old Single malt has a wonderfully rich and elegant taste, producing a long and satisfying finish.
Aroma - A complex, fresh and airy bouquet which contains rich malt and fruity aromas with a hint of peatiness.
Palate - 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.
Cask – Matured in 1st fill bourbon barrels, refill American oak casks and Spanish sherry butts. The 12 year old is married exclusively in Spanish sherry butts prior to bottling.
Tomatin 15 Year Old
This newest edition to the range was released in August 2009. Soft and delicate but with a significant influence from the North American oak.
Aroma - Light and fresh, with delicate oaky notes coming through. An explosion of fruit follows with peach and citrus flavours dominating, vanilla and orange peel linger in the background.
Taste - Soft, gentle and very fruity. Smooth, medium body, delicate honey, mild orange and apricot.
Finish – Gentle and soft flowing. A wonderful addition to the standard range.
Cask - Matured in refill American Oak casks.
Tomatin 18 Year Old
This world class malt has been aged for a minimum of 18 years and married for a period in distinctive Spanish Oloroso sherry casks to produce an exquisite whisky. This non chill filtered whisky is packed full of flavour and has a velvety smooth mouth feel.
Aroma - Delicious sweet sherry bursts up you, and plateaus with undertones of fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and a hint of smoky heather.
Palate – Sweet and honeyed at first, with an oaky edge. Develops in the mouth with a bite of citrus and a hint of dark chocolate.
Finish – The finish is long and lingering, with warming alcohol and smooth rich sherry, and it all keeps the mouth alive for several moments after. A world class single highland malt.
Casks – Initial maturation in re fill American oak casks, married in Oloroso sherry butts prior to bottling.
25 year old Tomatin
A rich, full whisky with a predominantly malty fragrance. On the palate, the spirit is quite dry, with an aromatic aftertaste - which leads one to naturally address it again.
Aroma – The nose has a wondrous combination of ripe pears and orange zest over the resins of pine of cedar.
Palate – The taste is honey sweet for an instant; thereafter, dry, nutty and savoury, though the sweetness hovers on the edge of your consciousness well into the long dry aftertaste.
Finish – There is that oily richness again, and the memory of the dram is chewy and very long lasting.
Casks – Matured in refill American Oak casks
‘A perfectly superb whisky, which I would rate as one of the finest distilled spirits I have ever encountered’ Phillip Hills, Author, The Scotch Whisky Directory.
Tomatin 40 year old Bottled at 42.9% abv and non-chill filtered
An exceptional vatting of seven oak hogsheads, chosen by our Distillery Manager for outstanding quality. This is a limited edition of 1614 bottles which is sure to prove extremely popular among collectors and connoisseurs.
.Date distilled – 17 May 1967. Matured in – oak hogsheads. Date bottled – 02 October 2007.
Colour – bronze
Aroma – beeswax, stewed apples, raisin. Orange peel; hint of marzipan.
Taste – complex and exceptionally smooth, with some liquorice, creamy.
Finish – long; coats the palate and lingers.
The Antiquary 1977 Rare Blended Scotch Whisky
Prior to bottling all casks are vatted and the whisky returned to the same casks for a further period of maturation usually between 4-6 months
Bottled at 46% abv and non-chill filtered
Matured in – North American / European oak casks.
Aroma – Sweet, smooth and mellow, hint of citrus and clean grassy notes. Definite treacle toffee.
Taste – Warming and nicely rounded, citrus comes through along with a hint of bitter chocolate. Full lingering aftertaste.
Finish – Sweet but with a peaty edge.
Tomatin 1973 - Single Cask
Refill American Oak Cask - over 36 years age.
Bottled at 44% abv and non-chill filtered
Date distilled – 13 September 1973.
Matured in – Refill American Oak Cask.
Date bottled – 10 August 2010.
Aroma –A veritable fruit salad. Pear drops, wild cherries, cranberries, malt, vanilla and beeswax.
Taste – Light, soft , subtle, fruity flavours coat the middle of the tongue. These are followed by delicate hints of lemon curd, coconut flakes and a heather honey sweetness that linger on and on.
Finish – Smooth , sensual and creamy.
A big thankyou to the distilleries own web site, www.Tomatin.com , for most of the information and images on this page.