Tomatin Distillery sits in Inverness-shire in Scottish Highlands. In the 1970s it was the largest malt distillery in Scotland with the capacity of 13 million liters of spirit per annum.
The distillery went bankrupt in 1985 and was subsequently taken over by two Japanese companies: Takara Shuzo and Okura & Co. Tomatin is the first Scottish distillery owned by the Japanese. After being downsized Tomatin can produce about 6 million liters of spirit per annum and it has been running at little less than 50% of its capacity. Tomatin 10 years old was introduced in the late 1980s and remained part of the core range until 2004, when 12 years old expression replaced it. The bottle presented here was filled in our opinion in the late 1980s.
Nose: malty and very fruity, oranges, passion fruit, apricots, grapes, vanilla, caramel, cappuccino, hints of forest floor and touch of peat.
Palate: lots of fruit again, oranges, kiwi, pineapples, mango, buttered toast, caramel, vanilla, ginger and a pinch of clove.
Finish: fairly long, a bowl of tropical fruit salad, caramel, toffee and dash of sweet spice.