Tasting Notes for Tomatin 18 Year Old Single Malt
Nose: Rich and sherried, with orchard, citrus and dried fruit – apples, oranges and sultanas.
Palate: Sweet and honeyed, with a backbone of citrus, fruit cake, chocolate and spice.
Finish: Long and warming spice fades to leave fruit and chocolate.
The Tomatin 18 Year Old is a truly world class malt. Matured in traditional oak casks and first fill Oloroso Sherry butts, honey and soft oak flavours develop into a hint of dark chocolate with a citrus bite before a sustained sweet and slightly dry finish.
This award winning whisky has endless recognition as one of the finest single malts in the business. Winner of Gold at the recent San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2017 and Double Gold at the 2016 awards. Also awarded Gold at the World Whisky Awards 2017, however these are only a pick on the awards this fine single malt has obtained.
DOUBLE GOLD 2019 San Francisco WSC
DOUBLE GOLD 2018 San Francisco WSC
GOLD 2017 San Francisco WSC
GOLD 2017 WWA
DOUBLE GOLD 2016 San Francisco WSC
Best Distillers' Single Malt Aged 13-19 Years
GOLD 2016 WWA
GOLD 2015 San Francisco WSC
DOUBLE GOLD 2015 Asia WSC
BEST HIGHLAND MALT 2014 WWA
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 San Francisco WSC
Although it is thought that whisky has been distilled on the site of the Tomatin distillery since the 16th century, when cattle drivers would buy from a local still, the distillery was not established until 1897, under the name of Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd. The distillery operated with only two stills until 1958. Starting at that time, they began to add stills to increase production capacity, eventually reaching production of 12.5 million litres of whisky per year during the 1970s.
During the 1980s, the whisky market crashed and demand dropped significantly. The aggressive expansion of Tomatin distillery in the previous decade had taken a toll on the company finances and by 1986, the company had been sold to a Japanese spirits company named Takara Shuzo Ltd., locally famous back in Japan for their sake production. This made Tomatin the first wholly Japanese-owned distillery in Scotland. With the sale to Takara Shuzo, the distillery also decided to stop focusing on mass production for other brands and instead start focusing on producing their own branded products.
When Takara Shuzo took over in 1986, Tomatin was still referred to as the largest malt distillery in Scotland but this was a high water mark and since then the trend has been downwards. The new owners changed the direction somewhat, and more emphasis was put on developing their own brands rather than mass producing malt whisky for 3rd parties. Multiple stills were dismantled as a result, and in 2007 production was down to 2.5 million litres.
Around eighty percent of Tomatin's whisky still goes into blended whisky, including its own brands of Antiquary and Talisman, but the distillery has been making an effort to bolster its name as a producer of single malts, expanding its core range and producing limited releases. The distillery has also begun to produce a lightly peated single malt called Cu Bocan which is produced 1 week a year at the distillery.
Producer Tomatin Distillery Style Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Age A minimum of 18 years Volume 70CL ABV 46%