Tomatin 36 year old
Aged in a unique blend of Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry Butts, this Small Batch Release was introduced to the collection back in 2015. The 36-year-old expression exudes vibrancy, boasting a delightful fusion of fruity and floral notes on the nose, complemented by the enticing fragrance of tropical fruits intermingled with winter spices from the Oloroso Sherry casks.
On the palate, this whisky reveals its richness, offering a sweet and decadent experience. The fruity nuances evolve into a captivating blend of oaky flavors, featuring raw heather honey and roasted chestnuts. The depth of character in this whisky is further amplified by its impressively long finish, where waves of fruit gradually give way to a delightful winter spice finale. Truly an exceptional dram, guaranteed to be a memorable and cherished indulgence.
This distillery is located on the village of the same name some 26 km south of Inverness. It was built in 1897 and like many distilleries at the time it went through difficult periods. It went bankrupt in 1906 and remained closed for three years. When the distillery was bought over in 1909 it went through the usual periods of crisis and success that the industry, as a whole, experienced. Its production capacity was expanded four times between 1956 and 1974. When it was expanded for the fourth time it became Scotland's biggest distillery although it never operated at full capacity.
The distillery went into liquidation in 1986 and it was promptly acquired by Japanese group Takara Shuzo (its current owners). Tomatin became the first distillery in Scotland to be owned by a Japanese company. Eleven pot stills were decommissioned in 2000 and the distillery shifted its focus to single malt whisky production. One high quality blended whisky is also produced: The Antiquary.
The distillery pays lots of attention to the wood used during maturation.