New Tomatin 15 year old with Moscatel finish
Highland Distillery Tomatin announces the release of their new, limited single malt with a finish in Moscatel wine casks
Located in the Scottish Highlands near Inverness, the distillery is launching a new single malt expression: Tomatin 15 year old Moscatel Wine, finished in first-filled Moscatel barriques. It was distilled in 2003 and matured in Portuguese Moscatel wine casks for a further five years from 2013, before it was finally bottled in 2015 resulting in a limited edition of just over 6,000 bottles worldwide.
Full-bodied, sweet and fruity
The Portuguese Moscatel wine, made from the muscat grape variety, has a pronounced fruity note and an intense aromatic nose. It gives this single malt whisky an unmistakable taste of roasted almonds, oranges, sun-dried raisins and figs, followed by a creamy sweet finish. Distillery Manager Graham Eunson said: "This full bodied and intense single malt may be unusual in that it is finished in first fill Moscatel barriques. But this really accentuates what Tomatin whiskies are known for being: soft, light, sweet and fruity."
The Tomatin 15 years Moscatel Wine joins the ranks of single malt experiments of the distillery with unusual cask maturations. For example, the limited 14 year old with Cabernet Sauvignon finish or the 9 year old Tomatin with a finish in Caribbean rum casks in 2016 enjoyed great popularity not only among the fans of the distillery. This constant experimentation is the result of Tomatin's exceptional wood policy, which ensures that there is a wide range of casks sourced from renowned industrial partners.
Rare and limited
Moscatel bottlings of whiskies are relatively rare and usually very limited, as the casks are not available everywhere and also not in sufficient quantity. Customers who are looking for a something unusual but still typically Tomato will probably find it here. This limited edition "Moscatel Wine" has been bottled with 46% abv, is neither coloured nor chill-filtered and now available from specialist retailers.
Tomatin was founded in 1897 and was once one of Scotland's largest distilleries with around 12m litres of alcohol. This changed in 2004, when the focus was on quality rather than quantity and the annual production volume was significantly reduced to about 1.7m litres today. The distillery currently offers an extensive product portfolio with around 30 different expressions and is one of the Top 10 single malt brands in the USA.
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