Tomatin, once the biggest malt distillery in Scotland, went bankrupt in 1985 and subsequently was acquired by two Japanese companies, Takara Shuzo and Okura & Co.
In the recent decade the owners put a lot of effort to promote the brand what translated to four-fold increase in sales to 460 000 bottles. The 12 years old expression was introduced in 2004 succeeding the 10 years old in the core range. Since March 2016 it has been marketed as Tomatin 12 years old ‘Bourbon & Sherry Casks’ (combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks while the previous expression was sherry finished) and got a new bottle and label.
Nose: smooth, malty and fruity, apples, grapes, orange peel, some cinnamon and nutmeg, milk chocolate and touch of marzipan.
Palate: clean and fruity, apples, pears, breakfast cereals, walnuts, candied orange and lemon peel and subtle spicy notes.
Finish: fairly long, fruity with hints of toasted oak and sweet spice.