Fahrenheit 173 - Aged Spirits
"If it's not good enough to drink slowly, then it's not worth drinking"
Tomatin (pronounced to rhyme with "satin") lies in the village of the same name a little south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. By production capacity, it's one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, although the current rate of production is only a fraction of its potential.
Most of the Tomatin single malt goes into blends - Antiquary and Talisman that I know of - and it's fairly unknown as a single. (Until now, the only official bottling I had tried was a lack-lustre 10 y.o.)
The owners have recently started marketing Tomatin more actively and they have also released several new expressions. At the Limburg whisky fair I tasted four official bottlings, as well as an older whisky from Duncan Taylor:
Tomatin 15 y.o. 43%: (100% bourbon wood)
Tomatin 18 y.o. 46%: (bourbon wood, Oloroso sherry finished)
Tomatin 21 y.o. 52%: (a vatting of six bourbon casks and one sherry butt)
Tomatin 1995 cask 8510 12 y.o. 58.4%: (refill bourbon barrel)
Tomatin 1976 cask 6816 33 y.o. 51.6% (Duncan Taylor):
(Interestingly, I thought all four official bottlings were a bit on the oaky side. On the other hand, the Duncan Taylor bottling had just the right amount of oak, despite being much older...)
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