Tomatin is usually described as fruity single malt not associated with smoky and peaty characteristics.
In 2010 however a 4 years old peated expression was introduced in Japan and in 2013 the owners launched Cù Bòcan brand featuring lightly peated Tomatin (distilled from barley malted to phenols’ content of 15ppm). The 2005 Vintage Limited Edition is a vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks bottled without chill-filtration at 50% abv in September 2017. Only 9000 bottles were produced. The whisky comes with Cù Bòcan branded tasting glass. (Producer’s tasting notes.)
Nose: malty chocolate meets burnt butterscotch with a hint of citrus zest lingering over the remnants of a Highland campfire.
Palate: festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon and orange peel are accompanied by sweet vanilla custard with underlying notes of light and earthy smoke.
Finish: long lasting, sweet and full; chocolate and winter spices continue to dwell on the palate.