Tomatin 1977: New edition of the Warehouse 6 Collection presented

A 42-year-old Highland Single Malt from a Sauternes cask

 

The fourth bottling of the high-class Warehouse 6 Collection joins its predecessors: following Tomatin 1971, Tomatin 1972 and Tomatin 1975, the distillery presented the Tomatin 1977, a 42-year-old single malt matured in a Sauternes wine cask.

Warehouse 6 Collection with high class equipment

The Warehouse 6 Collection is dedicated to the seven generations of craftsmen who have been taking care of the casks in the traditional dunnage warehouse number 6, as we learn from the distillery's website. And so they did with this Sauternes white wine cask that was filled with new make on September 23, 1977. The whisky was bottled on September 30, 2019 and is released as a limited edition of 390 bottles with 49% ABV - whereby "bottles" probably is an understatement: These are handmade Glencairn glass decanters, decorated with copper and packed in a high-quality box. Each decanter is accompanied by two Glencairn crystal glasses and a stopper made of glass and copper.

Sauternes casks are rare with tomatin

Graham Eunson, Distillery Operations Director, said about Tomatin 1977: “Of the thousands of casks held at Tomatin, we’ve only ever acquired a handful of Sauternes wine casks. Using any one of them, even for one of our oldest and most valuable whiskies wasn’t a decision we made lightly; we knew from the start that it could be difficult to impart the flavours of the wine cask to the whisky without overwhelming it. Despite the immense challenge, I’m pleased to say that our team has produced a truly exceptional whisky that includes notes of apricot, peach, sweet honeysuckle and spice, all enticed from the Sauternes cask’s influence.”

Tomatin 1977’s three predecessors in the Warehouse 6 Collection

  • Tomatin 1971
    Distilled on August 7, 1971, matured in an Oloroso sherry cask, 252 bottles with 45.8% ABV, bottled on May 16, 2016, released on June 30, 2016.
  • Tomatin 1972
    Distilled on November 20, 1972, matured in three sherry hogsheads, 380 bottles with 42.1% ABV, bottled on February 10, 2014, released in 2017.
  • Tomatin 1975
    Distilled on December 8, 1975, matured in an Oloroso sherry butt, 300 bottles with 46.5% ABV, bottled on January 8, 2019, released on March 12, 2019.

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