Tomatin Decades II: A journey through 50 years of whisky history
The successor of the Tomatin Decades was batched from of five different types of casks
With the new Tomatin Decades II, the Highland distillery has introduced a successor to their very successfull Tomatin Decades, released in 2011. Casks out of five decades were married and bottled uncolored and un-chill filtered at 46% ABV. 3,600 bottles are available.
The first Tomatin Decades from 2011
was a tribute to the life's work of Douglas Campbell. Since 1961 he worked in the distillery in various functions before he became Master Distiller in 2008. For that special release he used casks from every decade of his career at Tomatin. The result was a whisky that combined the flavors of old and young whisky: a refill Sherry hogshead from 1967, Oloroso Sherry butts from 1976, refill Sherry hogsheads from 1984 and first fill Bourbon hogsheads from 1990 and 2005. With the new Tomatin Decades II, Tomatin sticks to this principle of batching different casks from five decades. The oldest casks are from 1970, the youngest from 2010. In a press release Tomatin announces the following
Details about the casks for Tomatin Decades II
- 1970s REFILL BOURBON HOGSHEADS
DISTILLED ON 23/02/1973, 10/07/1975 AND 23/09/1977 Tomatin from the 1970’s is held in exceptionally high regard, prized for its depth and complexity. Matured in refill Hogsheads, this malt has taken on very little oak influence which has allowed the air and liquid in the casks to interact and develop a wide array of tropical fruit flavours.
- 1980s FINISHED IN FIRST FILL OLOROSO SHERRY BUTTS
DISTILLED ON 02/12/1988 Tomatin from the 1980’s is sweet and fresh. This malt has been finished for over three years in 1st fill Oloroso Sherry Butts, resulting in a whisky reminiscent of aged Cognac. Tones of aged leather, polished oak and dark roast coffee along with flavours of stone fruit, dark chocolate and tannin add richness.
- 1990s FIRST FILL BOURBON BARRELS
DISTILLED ON 04/10/1995 The use of 1st fill Bourbon Barrels has developed a malt with characteristics of golden syrup, freshly baked pastries with subtle spices and add a layer of warmth. Although well into its twenties, Tomatin from the 1990’s is bold which helps impart long length to the overall finish.
- 2000s RECHARRED VERDEJO WINE BARRELS
DISTILLED ON 28/01/2000 AND 05/06/2009 From 2000 onwards Tomatin began to experiment with a wider variety of casks. The malt used from the 2000’s has been matured in Verdejo Wine casks which have been re-charred to harness the full influence of the French oak. This adds sweetness as well as some spicier notes.
- 2010s SECOND FILL FRENCH OAK BARRELS
DISTILLED ON 14/03/2013 Young Tomatin in second fill casks allows the distillery character to shine through. Fresh green fruits and malty characteristics are to the fore with subtle spice and toffee from the light French oak influence. This is a vivacious malt which adds lighter tones but is kept in balance with the older casks.
The aroma of the Tomatin Decades II is described as an explosion of citrus fruits, sweet pastries, cooked fruits, coconut, almonds and exotic spices in the nose, on the palate Christmas cake, maple syrup and red berries, merging into tropical fruits, orange peel and ginger. A long finish with tropical fruits, chocolate and spices complements the pleasure.