Tomatin 12 year old Italian Collection The Barolo Edition
The Italian Collection encompasses a trio of exceptional single malt Scotch Whiskies. Initially distilled on December 6, 2010, these spirits were carefully aged in the time-honored oak casks used for traditional Scotch Whisky production for a decade. On February 10, 2021, they embarked on a new journey, spending an additional 2 years maturing in Marsala, Amarone, and Barolo wine casks. This extended aging process has yielded a delightful and harmonious trio of Scotch Whiskies.
The fragrance of mulled wine and rich dark chocolate takes the forefront, while the taste profile unfolds with hints of spiced mead intertwined with cranberry, and a subtle, invigorating citrus touch reminiscent of grapefruit. The finish leaves a delicate impression of mild tannins and sweetened almonds.
- Distillation Date: December 6, 2010
- Transferred to Barolo Casks: February 10, 2021
- Bottling Date: June 5, 2023
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.