Tomatin

Tomatin has been a rising star among the Scottish distilleries since the beginning of the millennium. The Highland distillery was the biggest Scottish distillery in the 1970, but the quality of the whisky wasn’t high regarded. Ups and downs followed and after been new positioned from 2000 onwards Tomatin grew to be one of the most reputable Scottish whisky brands worldwide.

Information about the Distillery
175 Bottles
Scotland, Highlands
-4.010019 57.339458
Active
Takara Shuzo
2 x 16,000 l
Normal
12 x 16,000 l
Normal
12 x 42,600 l
8 t
1897
5,050,000 l
http://www.tomatin.com/
Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 305 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Sherry:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Zitrus:
Apple:
Malt:
Pineapple:
Lemon:
Oak:
Honey:
Caramel:
Nuts:
Pear:
Berries:
Melon:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Herbs:
Orange:
Cinnamon:
Almonds:
Coconut:
Raisin:
Dark Chocolate:
Grape:
Alcohol:
Leather:
Lime:
Cake:
Green Apple:
Ginger:
Oil:
Peach:
Tropical Fruit:
Heather:
Mint:
Dried Fruit:
Clove:
Grass:
Coffee:
Banana:
Floral:
Cherry:
Plum:
Hay:
Tobacco:
Wheat:
Nutmeg:
Ham:
Bonfire Smoke:
Grapefruit:
Fig:
Chili:
Anise:
Barley:
Pepper:
Medicinal Smoke:
Blackberry:
Hazelnut:
Tasting
Sweet:
Fruit:
Spices:
Oak:
Nuts:
Sherry:
Peat Smoke:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Dark Chocolate:
Apple:
Pepper:
Malt:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Pear:
Oil:
Chili:
Lemon:
Cinnamon:
Alcohol:
Clove:
Cake:
Orange:
Peach:
Herbs:
Pineapple:
Plum:
Raisin:
Leather:
Ginger:
Berries:
Heather:
Green Apple:
Hazelnut:
Tropical Fruit:
Dried Fruit:
Coffee:
Tobacco:
Coconut:
Cherry:
Grapefruit:
Anise:
Grape:
Hay:
Nutmeg:
Mint:
Maritime Notes:
Salt:
Banana:
Walnut:
Barley:
Melon:
Date:
Floral:
Bonfire Smoke:
Fig:
Almonds:
Finish
Sweet:
Spices:
Oak:
Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Sherry:
Nuts:
Chili:
Oil:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Dark Chocolate:
Caramel:
Chocolate:
Herbs:
Heather:
Coffee:
Pepper:
Honey:
Grape:
Orange:
Ginger:
Grapefruit:
Cinnamon:
Berries:
Salt:
Maritime Notes:
Pineapple:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Barley:
Hay:
Tobacco:
Lime:
Bonfire Smoke:
Fig:
Apple:
Coconut:
Cherry:
Clove:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

Tomatin offers a range of different single malt whiskies, using different type of casks. The Highland whisky is famous for its fruity and at the same time spicy. The core range includes as well the classic Tomatin style with its unpeated single malts as also a new peated line called Cù Bòcan.

The Tomatin Legacy with no age statement, matured in ex-bourbon and new oak casks, and the Tomatin 12 Years Old, matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished for 6 to 9 months in sherry casks, can be looked upon as the fundament of the non-peated range that is supplemented by 14, 15, 18, 21 and 30 Year old releases. Limited single cask releases are also available.
A very special Tomatin called Decades was released in 2011 to celebrate the lifetime commitment of Douglas Campbell. He started working at Tomatin Distillery in 1961 and became Master Distiller in 2008. According to his 5 decades at Tomatin a special release was batched from 5 different casks, each one filled in one of these decades.
An also very famous and special series is Tomatin Cuatro, that consists of four different releases. The spirit for all four Cuatros was distilled at the same day and then matured four 12 years in different kind of casks.
The first peated Cù Bòcan was released in 2013. This peated range has been expanded and forms an one core line now with different Single Malts from Virgin Oak, bourbon and sherry casks.

Besides the Tomatin single malts the premium blended Scotch whisky Antiquary is also produced at Tomatin Distillery. The brand was created in 1888, using a name that was taken from a novel of Scotland’s famous poet Sir Walter Scott. There are different releases today: a 12 and a 21 old Antiquary and the standard release without age statement as core range and some older limited releases as special highlights.

The far view of the Tomatin Distillery.

Production

Production at Tomatin Distillery has been concentrated on single malt whisky since 2000. According to the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2016 the sales increased to 420.000 bottles in 2014, starting at 100.000 bottles ten years ago. The plan to reach 2.5 million liters production in 2015 is a realistic one - and Tomatin even only uses four of its existing six spirit stills.

The Mashing

10 malt bins, each one containing 50 tonnes, provide the malt for Tomatin production before it passes the mill and gets into the mash tun. Mashing is done at Tomatin Distillery in a 8 t mash tun of stainless steel. Water comes from the Alt-na-Frith Burn.

The mash tun of the Tomatin Distillery.

The Fermentation

In 12 stainless steel wash backs, each one with a capacity of 42.600 liters, fermentation takes place before the wash is pumped to the stills. 

The Distillation

There are 6 pairs of stills at Tomatin, but the distillery uses only 4 of the spirit stills. The full capacity of 5 million liters is unexhausted yet - but the company is on its way to increase the production.

Some Pot Stills of the Tomatin Distillery.

Warehouses

In 14 warehouses Tomatin stores about 170.000 casks. Before beeing filled, casks are looked-after and repaired in Tomatin’s own cooperage. There are all types of caks used for Tomatin whisky: sherry butts, port pipes, hogsheads and of course bourbon barrels.

The view inside the warehouse of the Tomatin Distillery.

The History

History of Tomatin Distillery started in 1897 when it was established next to the small village with the same name, about 15 miles south of Inverness. Tomatin is a Gaelic word, meaning “hill of the juniper bush”. At the time the whisky boom was at its peak and John MacDougall, John MacLeish, Alexander Allan and some more investors formed the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Ltd.

They chose this location in the Highlands for their new distillery because of the fresh water supply here and the railway that passed the place, leading to the near big marketplace called Inverness. Tomatin whisky was successful and some years later more than 30 houses for the employees were built on site (by the way: even today eighty percent of Tomatin’s employees live here on the campus).
In 1956 two more stills joined the two original ones. In 1958 another pair was added and in 1961 the number of the stills increased up to 10. But this was nothing compared to 1974 when Tomatin extended the number of its stills to 23! Tomatin was the largest distillery in Scotland at that time, producing 12 million liters of alcohol annually. Most of it was sold in bulk to other companies and went into blends such as Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal and J&B.
But when the bubble burst the company was forced into liquidation in 1985 and the Japanese company Takara Shuzo Ltd. purchased the distillery in cooperation with the trading company Okura, forming Tomatin Distillery Company ltd.
The focus of Tomatin changed and quality became more important than quantity. Today the Single Malts of Tomatin are well-regarded and demand is growing.

Visitor Center

Visitor center and gift shop are opened 7 days a week all year round from 2016 on.

Low Season (January - March):

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
first tour 10am
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
first tour 12pm
Monday - Sunday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
first tour 9.30am

High Season (April - October):

There are different tours available at Tomatin: the standard tour through the distillery, a tasting tour with six different drams and the Single Cask Experience, an in-depth tour with exploration of cask expressions.

Tomatin also offers the possibility to fill an own bottle of cask strength Tomatin Whisky.

The shop of the Tomatin Distillery.

Chronological rating history

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