Tomatin is a fairly big distillery located in Scottish Highlands. Its name translates from Gaelic to “the hill of the juniper bush”. Tomatin is the first Scottish Distillery, owned by the Japanese company (since 1986).
The company owns couple of blended whisky brands, Antiquary and Talisman, and about 75% of Tomatin’s output goes into these blends. In the new Millennium the owners have been very active building Tomatin brand and annual global sales quadrupled to 460 000 bottles. The Cask Strength expression was introduced in 2015, a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The initial batch was bottled at hefty 57.5% abv with an outrun of 15 000 bottles.
Nose: fresh and fruity, oranges, peaches, dried berries, raisins, vanilla, breakfast cereals, toffee and hints of maple syrup.
Palate: malty, fruity and spicy, baked apples, oranges, cherries, raisins, vanilla, hints of marzipan, caramel, pepper, ginger and touch of nutmeg.
Finish: pretty long and spicy, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, notes of vanilla and baked apples.